Aspiring up and coming chefs from 13 local high schools recently entered a Masterchef-type cooking competition at Campbelltown TAFE.
Graham Kruger, Executive Chef, Wests Leagues Club was invited to demonstrate a restaurant quality dish for competitors to reproduce within a given time frame and then be professionally judged according to technique, presentation and taste.
The competitors, from Years 11 and 12, are studying Hospitality as part of their Higher School Certificate.
The competition is the brainchild of HTN, now the largest group employer of Apprentice Chefs and Hospitality Trainees in Australia.
The purpose is to address the skill shortages in commercial cookery. The students got the opportunity to showcase their culinary talents as well as learn some tricks of the trade.
Graham Kruger was impressed with the standard of students. “All students were talented and enthusiastic. A little nervous at first but they gained confidence quickly. It was great to watch.” Graham said. He added “All students would be welcome in the industry.”
Laura Ball from St. Patricks College has known she wants to be a Chef since Grade 5. This was reinforced when she undertook her work placement with MWLP – Linking Youth at Macarthur Tavern.
It was her first competition. “I had fun. It was an adrenalin rush and I definitely know that this is the career for me” commented Laura.
Details: Sue Scobie, MWLP – Linking Youth, 4625 1863