The final cook-off of the “HGT Taste of the Future” Schools Cooking Competition - open to Year 11 & 12 Students in WA Schools was held on 22nd October 2013 at Belmont City College Trade Training Centre. 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 & David Clem – Perth Arena were all 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!”
The winner of the competition is Tyson Allanson, student at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus. Tyson enjoys re-interpreting classic dishes for the modern day, and loves experimenting with and combining flavours.
Tyson has had to overcome dyslexia and dyspraxia to return to school to continue his studies and improve his literacy and numeracy skills.
Cyril Jackson Senior Campus is a Senior School Engagement program which offers an alternative year 11 education program. It provides relevant, student-centred curriculum in a supportive environment for students who feel and need extra support and guidance with their studies and future work options
The prize for the winner is an apprentice scholarship valued at $3000 worth of Training College fees in addition to Government tools for trade support. Additional cash prizes were also awarded to the winner and other place getters.
Results for the HGT Taste of the Future School Cooking Competition are as follows:
· Winner - Tyson Allanson - Cyril Jackson Senior Campus
· 2nd Place - Ruby Jane Clifford - Warwick Senior High School
· 3rd Place - Hannah Fraser- La Salle College
· 4th Place - Alexander John Corinaldesi - Hamilton Senior High School
· 5th Place - Isaac Hanson - Mindarie Senior College
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 the Perth area and those selected as finalists should be proud of their efforts. The applications received were of an outstanding standard”.
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