Melbourne saw an influx in migrants during the mid 20th century and with them brought recipes and ideas from all over the world. A hunger for new and exciting recipes together with the best natural ingredients, Melbourne became the Mecca for food-lovers. Melbourne is the perfect city to live in for the budding chef, with a great hospitality scene and more restaurants per capita than anywhere in the world. An hour in any direction will uncover high-quality produce, a little longer will get you close to world-renowned produce coming from interstate.
Restaurants and Cafes
The hospitality industry in Australia is growing more than other countries at an unprecedented 14% per annum.
There is currently a shortage of 38,000 chefs in Australia with the gap expected to widen to 123,000 by 2020. The Australian Government has indicated local Australian apprentices 50% drop out of the occupation in favour of other professions, meaning there is an opportunity for foreign-born people to get trained in Australia as a chef and potentially occupy job opportunities in Australia.
Chefs in Australia in 2018
Melbourne is a vibrant city with high employment opportunities, low-crime rates and access to a health-care system amongst the best in the world. Melbournian’s are known to be friendly, laid-back and welcoming, being an already very multicultural city. Aside from an excellent culinary-scene, Melbourne is known for the arts with a world-renowned array of street-art situated in narrow alleyways that hide city secrets such as bars, restaurants, cafes or galleries. Melbourne is the city for those who love to enjoy life.
Suburb of Brunswick
95 Albert Street, Brunswick VIC 3056
We decided to locate our first campus in a suburb, close to Melbourne with perhaps the richest culinary history in Melbourne, Brunswick.
Straddling Carlton (Italians), Fitzroy (Hipsters), Collingwood (Greek), nearby to Richmond (Vietnamese) and Melbourne (almost any cuisine you can imagine) Brunswick provides great opportunities to our students to work and live nearby campus.
Brunswick’s time has come, once a working-class suburb where a lot of European migrants settled – it is now brimming with great restaurants, bars and pubs. Property developers have taken note and have been building high-quality real-estate designed for the urban-dwellers. A supportive council has seen plenty of life breathed into the area and Ad Astra is excited to be the source of the people that will fuel this blossoming local industry.
Ad Astra aims to provide students with expert knowledge and hands-on experience to develop their careers in Hospitality and Culinary Arts.
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