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Taste of the Future Schools Cooking Competition 2015

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TOMORROW’S APPRENTICES COMPETE IN SCHOOL MASTER CHEF COOK OFF

The final cook-off of for the “HGT Taste of the Future” Schools Cooking Competition - open to Year 11 & 12 Students in WA Schools was held on 17th September 2015 at Belmont City College.  The competition assisted in raising awareness and promoting chef apprenticeships to secondary school students in responding to labour and skills shortages in the hospitality and tourism industry.

The competition gave students the opportunity to showcase their culinary skills and passion for cooking. Judges for the competition Don Hancey – WA Food Ambassador, Stephen Clarke – Clarke’s of North Beach and Paul Beard – Perth Arena were impressed by the methodology and quality of food the students produced.  Don Hancey said “the students demonstrated their ability to not only produce amazing food but brought passion and fun into the kitchen!”

For the second year in a row a student from Narrogin Senior High School has been crowned the winner. Jordan McLeish created his take on a Frenched chicken ballotine with fondant potatoes and marsala sauce, which was cooked perfectly with a range of well balanced flavours. Jordan is now planning on moving to Perth to embark upon his career as an apprentice chef.

The prize for the winner is an apprentice scholarship valued at $4500 worth of Training College fees and a cash prize. Additional cash prizes were also awarded other place getters.

Results for the HGT Taste of the Future School Cooking Competition are as follows:

·         Winner – Jordan McLeish – Narrogin Senior High School

·         2nd Place – Kaylee Bradley – Warwick Senior High School

·         3rd Place – Taillah Buckley – Swan Christian College

·         4th Place – Harrison Joyce – Mindarie Senior College

·         5th Place  - Rebecca Armistead – Northam Senior High School

The schools attended by the top five finalists also received a $1000 voucher for kitchen / cooking equipment for their school.

Iain McDougall, General Manager, Hospitality Group Training said “HGT received a large number of applications from students throughout Perth and Regional areas and those selected as finalists should be proud of their efforts.  The applications received were of an outstanding standard”.

“HGT recognises that today’s apprentices and trainees are the hospitality industry’s most valuable resource. HGT continues to provide high quality workplace training, apprenticeships and traineeships to the industry, and demonstrates a firm commitment to the future of the industry by ensuring our state has a fertile breeding ground for a future skills base.  2015 has been yet another challenging year for the hospitality industry and it is pleasing to see the continued success of HGT and its apprentices and trainees.”

To view photographs from this years cook-off click here

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