Camden's Long Lunch a culinary success: pictures

Fine dining came to Camden Civic Centre last week for a special Long Lunch.

The culinary event brought together about 30 hospitality students from St Benedict's Catholic College, Elderslie High School, Elizabeth Macarthur High School and Ingleburn High School.

The event was a who's who of the Camden business community and also welcomed renowned Australian chef - and passionate supporter of young people aspiring to careers in hospitality - Luke Mangan.

Friday's Long Lunch was organised by the Camden Region Economic Taskforce (CRET) and MWLP.

CRET executive officer Debbie Roberts said the day was "hugely successful".

"The students did a great job with the menu and front of house were excellent with the table decorations and service," she said.

"They really appreciated the opportunity to apply their skills in a real-life setting.

"We were excited to secure Luke to attend as he is extremely passionate about promoting and enabling the development of young up-and-coming chefs, waiters and restaurateurs."

MWLP chief executive David Williams said he was grateful Mr Mangan shared his time with local students.

"Luke Mangan has been amazing with his time at other events MWLP has hosted and he is an incredible ambassador for the hospitality industry," he said.

Ms Roberts said the Long Lunch also served as an opportunity for the teens to network with prospective future employers.

Participating students prepared, cooked and served a three-course meal and drinks to the guests.

Dishes included guacamole wonton cups, arancini balls, chicken breast supreme, braised lamb rump, banana and Mars Bar spring rolls and Bailey's brulee, among others.