The Star’s Commitment to the Local Community Brings Happiness to Those in Need

Renowned for its first-class restaurants, chic bars and vibrant nightlife, The Star Entertainment Group is committed to, and passionate about supporting local communities and charities. One of the ways that The Star creates a real difference in the community is through The Star Culinary Institute. 

Gingerbread Houses with Christmas in Pyrmont
Gingerbread decorating with Christmas in Pyrmont

A wonderful program designed to help grow and develop the next generation of chefs in Australia, The Star Culinary Institute equips individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful and fulfilling culinary career. Since The Star Culinary Institute’s inception in 2012, nearly 100 apprentices have completed the program, with over 45 alumni permanently employed across The Star’s properties in Sydney, Brisbane and The Gold Coast. The Institute is currently training around 80 apprentices nationally, which is all made possible by The Star Entertainment Group in partnership with TAFE NSW and TAFE Queensland.  

As part of the program, students undertake both theoretical and practical study, which includes a series of culinary masterclasses. One recent culinary masterclass saw over 20 apprentices at The Star Sydney (of which 16 were newly inducted) get into the holiday spirit and learn how to make and decorate beautiful—and not to mention delicious—gingerbread houses.  

Apprentice Chefs at The Star Culinary Institute
Apprentice Chefs at The Star Culinary Institute

The gingerbread houses were featured at Christmas in Pyrmont, an event where The Star is a proud and long-time supporter. It’s a special evening which brings together the community including residents and businesses while raising funds for— and awareness of—local charities.  

All proceeds from the event this year went to supporting three charities selected by Christmas in Pyrmont, which this year included Ultimo Public School Music Program, Barnardos Response to the Covid-19 Crisis and Uniting Harris Community Centre. In total more than $90,000 was raised by the event. 

Celebrating Christmas with Gingerbread Houses
Celebrating Christmas with Gingerbread Houses

First year apprentice Christina Ruoff said the masterclass was a fun and festive experience, and that it brought the Christmas spirit into the kitchen.  

“I enjoyed the opportunity to be mentored by The Star’s head pastry chef who has an extraordinary breadth of knowledge,” Ms Ruoff said. 

“It’s also such a great feeling knowing that our creations will benefit those in need across the community, especially after such a difficult year for everyone.”  

“I’m looking forward to all the other opportunities my apprenticeship will bring.” 

Apprentices in The Culinary Institute
Apprentices decorating Gingerbread Houses

Christmas in Pyrmont Convenor, Mary Mortimer said, “We’re thankful for The Star’s support of the Pyrmont community, and events like this that bring us together.  

“As we emerge from the impacts of the pandemic, and with The Star’s on-going help, Pyrmont will once again be an exciting hub of activity and return to welcoming locals and visitors alike.” 

For more information on The Star Culinary Institute, click here.