Proud to be a Chef is making a comeback in 2023 for their annual culinary mentoring program.

32 apprentice chefs from across the country will be given the chance to partake in the initiative, which is an all-expenses-paid experience that will run from 19-22 of February next year.

The four-day event will include masterclasses, skills workshops, dining at prominent restaurants, invaluable networking opportunities, industry leaders and program mentors and a first-ever farm trip to Victoria’s Gippsland region.

Chef and restaurateur Mark Normoyle of Anchor Food Professionals will be returning as resident mentor.

“As a program without peer in our industry, applying for Proud to Be a Chef is a must-do for apprentices seeking to challenge themselves and advance their careers,” says Normoyle.

“Many of our outstanding finalists have gone on to become the next generation of culinary leaders”

Kay-Lene Tan

Joining Normoyle is Tonka Head Chef Kay-Lene Tan as pastry mentor and Maha group Head Chef Daniel Giraldo as savoury mentor.

A gala dinner will be held on the last night of the program, where one outstanding finalist will be awarded a culinary scholarship that will be tailored to their professional aspirations.

Other awards such as best dishes and best use of social media will judged over the course of the four days.

Daniel Giraldo

Applications are now open and will close on 31 October 2022.