Record number of finalists for 2016 Proud to be a Chef comp
The 17th annual Proud to be a Chef event will see 34 aspiring chefs from around Australia take part in the all-expenses paid trip – a record for the industry competition.
Taking place in Melbourne in February next year, the competition is designed to foster, recognise and reward up-and-coming apprentice chefs throughout the four day program.
This year’s finalist group will be given the opportunity to be mentored by Australian culinary leaders Anna Polyviou, executive pastry chef at Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, Josh Pelham, head chef at ESP and Estelle in Melbourne, and Peter Wright, Foodservice Expert and Global Event specialist.
Finalists will also dine at award-winning restaurants across Melbourne, whilst culinary masterclasses will provide a platform for the apprentices to learn and develop new skills.
The up-and-coming chefs are competing for the chance to win $7,500 to spend on an international culinary paid placement, exclusively tailored to their aspirations as a professional chef. Finalists will showcase their creativity and technical talent when they present an original dish at the event.
Applicants were evaluated based on their demonstrated passion and commitment to foodservice, as well as their goals, aspirations and the quality of their original recipe.
Fonterra Proud to be a Chef coordinator, Carolyn Plummer, said that is was the outstanding calibre of submissions from this year’s crop of apprentice chefs that’s led to the increase in finalists.
“The high standard of entries this year is a true testament to the Australian foodservice industry and the next generation of culinary leaders,” she said.
The 2016 finalists are:
- Bridget Bottcher, Crown Melbourne, VIC
- Brooke Stewart, Dubbo RSL Memorial Club, Dubbo, NSW
- Christel Darion, Chisolm Tafe, VIC
- Eden Fuller, Halekulani Bowling Club, Budqewoi, NSW
- Ellyse Humphries, The Lido Larder, Portland, VIC
- Fanny Hoareau, Epicure-Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane, QLD
- Georgia Doherty, Summer Salt Restaurant, Cronulla, NSW
- Haley Moreland, Ballina RSL Club, Ballina, NSW
- Harry Gibbs, The Good Table, Castlemaine, VIC
- Jack Basoff, Shangri-la Hotel, Sydney, NSW
- Jacopo Marino, Via Italia, Mooloolaba, QLD
- Jake McKenzie, Tinamba Hotel, Tinamba, VIC
- Jasmine Sawa, National Press Club of Australia, Canberra, ACT
- Joshua Cowley, Kingscliff Surf Life Saving Club,Kingscliff, NSW
- Kayla Jenkin, The European, Melbourne, VIC
- Kyle Ferguson,Terrace Restaurant – All Saints Estate, Lavington, NSW
- Lachlan Howgego, Jupiters, Broadbeach, QLD
- Lachlan Murray, The Salopian Inn, McLaren Vale, SA
- Linh Tran, West Coast Institute of Training, Wanneroo, WA
- Madeleine Lamont, Lamont’s Bishops House, Perth, WA
- Makaila Gatehouse, Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny, QLD
- Margiory Guzman, Campbelltown Catholic Club, Campbelltown, NSW
- Maria Hoad, Rydges Hotel, Palmerston, NT
- Mark Goode, Gilbert Street Hotel, Adelaide, SA
- Mark Johnson, Co-op Dining, East Perth, WA
- Matthew Hibbs, Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, VIC
- Maverick Cuthbert, Grosvenor Hotel, Perth, WA
- Rebecca Merhi, The Star, Pyrmont, NSW
- Samantha Butler, Oakridge Winery, Coldstream, VIC
- Taylor Hanney, Woodland Kitchen & Bar, Neutral Bay, NSW
- Thomas Morgan, Coal River Farm, Cambridge, TAS
- Victoria Morton, Silo Restaurant and Lounge, Newcastle, NSW
- Viveik Vinoharan, Wolfe and Co, Dural, NSW
- Xavier McMutrie, Coopers Ale House, Adelaide, SA