Applications are now open for Ora King Salmon’s industry mentoring program, NextGen, coming to Australia for the first time this year and offering young chefs the opportunity to capitalise on the skills and experience of some of the country’s most established chefs.

Ben O’Donoghue (Billykart Kitchen, Brisbane), Jason Roberts (Poku, Sydney) and Alejandro Saravia (Pastuso, Melbourne) form the chef mentor panel.

Ora King NextGen is open to all chefs, but the ideal applicants will have a couple of years’ commercial kitchen experience and be at either commis or chef de partie level. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis however, so individuals with less experience who are highly ambitious will be considered.  

The program is split into two phases:

  1. Three successful applicants will take part in a one week placement at the allocated mentor’s restaurant between 9 April and 14 May, 2017
  2. NextGen chefs, with support from their mentors, will cater for their peers at the launch of the Ora King Awards in June, showcasing the skills they’ve learnt

New Zealand King Salmon marketing general manager, Jemma McCowan said  “We’re delighted to launch the Ora King NextGen program for a second year in New Zealand and also expand this industry initiative to Australia. Securing talented and highly sought after chef mentors across both countries is integral for the success of the program.

“Ben, Jason and Alejandro will give our younger talent a unique insight into the industry and provide opportunities to harness their skillset and fuel their ambition.”

Entries for Ora King NextGen are open until 12 March.

Each applicant must have the consent of their head chef or employer to enter, and must be available to participate in both stages of the program. 

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