When we arrived, Dr Mackenzie gave us a brief introduction of the hotel and the school. He also told us about his career in Food & Beverages industry. He has been a chef for 20 years; he’s also a manager and a teacher of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management in PolyU.
Firstly, we visited the Pastry, the Chinese and Western kitchens. The dishes looked tasty and the kitchens were filled with wonderful smell.
Secondly, the female staff member led us to the hotel and showed us the restaurants. The restaurants were stylish, hygienic and clean. I think the most interesting restaurant out of all should be the “Garden Restaurant”. It has awesome-looking interior designs including a wall decorated with hundreds of different kinds of plants on it.
Last but not least, Dr Mackenzie made a speech and told us everything about PolyU’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management. He shared with us a lot about what to do being a student of that academy.
We enjoyed and learnt a lot from this valuable trip. I am looking forwards to visiting the school and hotel again and hope that I can see Dr Mackenzie and the lady in my next trip!
Lucas Martins 5B
First, there was a briefing from Dr Murray Mackenzie, the lecturer of the school who is also a "master chef" himself having gone around the world collecting recipes for years! We were then split into two groups - my group followed a lady. We went to the Hotel ICON, right next to the school, and were shown the restaurants' interior. One of the restaurants that I was interested was “Tin Oi Tin”. This restaurant was made with mirrors around so that people in different angles can also see the marvelous view of the harbour and the city skyline.
The next part was led by Dr Mackenzie and we went inside some of the kitchens where students learned how to operate different kinds of cooking tools. I saw the exciting parts where everyone was happy in the kitchen making dishes.
Finally, there was a presentation about how the school operates and as Dr Mackenzie explained very well. Everyone understood fully and enjoyed the day's exploration!
Lachlan Lai 6C
When we were visiting the university, we went to room for teaching students how to make desserts. When we went inside, a rich smell of durian flew into our nose. Some of us covered our nose, but some of us who loved eating durian said, ‘Wow! It smells delicious!’ We looked around and saw many kitchen things we knew, like ovens. However, there were still many tools we didn't know. I even saw a really big oven which we could put food in every side! We also saw many delicious cakes lying on the table. One of my friends said, ‘I am so hungry after looking at all these desserts!"
We also visited Hotel ICON which was beside the university. Inside the hotel, it was very beautiful. The decorations were really adorable and you can’t talk too loud. There were many restaurants there but you can’t go to all restaurant to have meal! Some places are only for people living in certain rooms.
Before this visit, I was not really interested to become a cook. However, after this trip, I am starting to get interested to become a cook.
Chester Man 6D