Virtual Dining Online Learning Task

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Let’s visit Cove, a virtual dining experience to inspire students learning on a digital platform!


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Let’s visit Cove, a virtual dining experience to inspire students learning on a digital platform!

This resource was developed to inspire students and take them on a fine dining video learning adventure. Whilst we cannot visit fine dining restaurants currently due to COVID-19, many of our students may not have access or opportunity to visit such an establishment at the best of times. So, let’s take them there digitally so they may engage with beautifully presented foods and the impact of the food service and catering industry on society.

This resource contains a link to a video created to enable students to feel as if they are dining at Cove Virtual Restaurant.

The video walks students through some 5-star reviews describing the physical properties of 3 different Michelin Star dishes. Students then ‘enter’ the restaurant, are ‘seated’ by the waitress, shown the menu and ‘served’ six courses.

Students can then fill in the 10-page student work sheet at their own pace which addresses 4 outcomes and 14 dot points across 7 focus areas. It is a rich literacy outcome task which includes metalanguage examples and learning intentions and success criteria.

This resource includes a mapping grid so that teachers may see where outcomes and dot points are being worked towards. This will assist in this unusual environment when assessing and reporting on student progress can be difficult. It also includes task feedback guidelines to streamline the marking process.

The worksheets can be completed on a digital platform and includes Word and PDF formats so you may choose how to share them with students. Activities may also be printed out for students to work on if this is preferred.

Pack includes:

  • 1 x Virtual Dining Video
  • 1 x 4-page Teacher document with an outcome mapping grid and task feedback guidelines.
  • 1 x 10-page Student Worksheet in Word and PDF format
    • 6 pages of questions + two metalanguage tables, Personal and Social Capability Self-Check and Feedback Grid.


Resource Type: Digital Resource, PDF, Word Document, Video

Digital File Type: PDF (Acrobat) Document File, Microsoft Word Document


Relevant to:

Stage 5 Food Technology Syllabus 2019


FT5-3 describes the physical and chemical properties of a variety of foods

FT5-8 collects, evaluates, and applies information from a variety of sources

FT5-9 communicates ideas and information using a range of media and appropriate terminology

FT5-12 examines the relationship between food, technology, and society


Dot Points

Food in Australia:

  • investigate multicultural influences on contemporary Australian diets, for example:
    • effects of immigration on lifestyle and food habits
    • types of foods and flavourings
    • preparation techniques and cooking methods, e.g. steaming, stir-frying, smoking
  • examine influences on food selection, for example:
    • physiological
    • psychological
    • social
    • economic

Food Equity:

  • discuss influences on food availability, for example:
    • geography and climate
    • religious and cultural beliefs
    • countries affected by conflict
    • technological developments, e.g. improved transportation

Food Selection and Health:

  • outline the functions and sources of nutrients, including proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water
  • investigate factors that influence food habits, for example:
    • tradition and culture
    • religion
    • economic situation
    • influence of media and social media

Food Service and Catering:

  • examine a variety of food service and catering operations, for example:
    • for-profit, e.g. restaurants, mobile food trucks
  • discuss the contribution of the food service and catering industry to society, for example:
    • economic
    • social
    • cultural
  • discuss reasons for cooking food, for example: (ACTDEK045)
    • sensory properties, e.g. colour, flavour, texture• describe employment opportunities, for example:
    • front of house, e.g. waiter, barista
    • back of house, e.g. chef, kitchen hand
  • explore menu-planning considerations, for example:
    • type of menu, e.g. à la carte, buffet, silver service

Food for Specific Needs

  • investigate circumstances which lead to specific food needs, for example:
    • Aboriginal cultural considerations, e.g. not consuming or preparing foods associated with totems
    • health status or disability, e.g. diet-related disorders
    • religious beliefs
    • lifestyle choices, e.g. vegetarianism

Food for Special Occasions

  • explore reasons for celebrating with food, for example:
    • social
    • religious
    • historical
  • investigate the importance of food presentation and service for special occasions, for example: (ACTDEK045)
  • garnishing and decorating techniques

Food Trends

  • investigate trends in food presentation and styling, for example: (ACTDEK045)
    • garnishing and decorating
    • photography
    • plating styles


Australian Curriculum – Design and Technologies

Year 7 & 8

  • Analyse ways to produce designed solutions through selecting and combining characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment (ACTDEK034)

Year 9 & 10

Investigate and make judgements on how the principles of food safety, preservation, preparation, presentation and sensory perceptions influence the creation of food solutions for healthy eating (ACTDEK045)


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