Kay-Lene Tan wins hospitality scholarship

11 July, 2018 by
Annabelle Cloros

Kay-Lene Tan, head pastry chef at Tonka and Coda restaurants in Melbourne, has been named as the winner of the 2018 Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship.

After a four-month selection process, three finalists were named including Tan, Jenni Bryant from Market Lane Coffee and Shelly McElroy from Merivale.

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Tan will soon travel and work across three countries and engage in a year-long mentorship with a local industry leader in Australia who is yet to be decided.

“Throughout the judging process, Kay-lene demonstrated a strong passion to drive and shape the future of the Australian hospitality industry,” says HostPlus’ Umberto Mecchi. “Her technical skills as a pastry chef combined with her desire to become one of the industry’s next leaders made her stand out to the panel.”

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The judging panel consisted of:

  • Gail Donovan, restaurateur, Donovans, Melbourne
  • Umberto Mecchi, chief marketing officer at Hostplus
  • Jo-Ann Moody, gastronomy manager, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
  • Rafael Rashid, founder and owner of Beat Box Kitchen, Taco Truck, and All Day
    Donuts
  • Matteo Pignatelli, owner and operator of Matteo’s restaurant in Melbourne
  • Fleur Studd, owner of Melbourne Coffee Merchants and co-founder of Market Lane
    Coffee.

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