Over 100 of Western Australia’s hottest young apprentice chefs and hospitality students showed off their skills in spectacular style at the 14th Hospitality Youth Skills Showcase held on Sunday 27th May 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Perth.
The gala event proudly coordinated by Hospitality Group Training WA, treated 500 guests to a superb
5-course dinner, a range of fabulous fine wines, and an entertainment extravaganza.
The evening was opened by The Hon Peter Collier MLC and hosted by Christina Morrissy. Guests included government and opposition ministers, national and state presidents of major hospitality & tourism industry organisations, media personalities, leading executive chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers and the supporting public.
The kitchen brigade responsible for designing and creating the spectacular 5-course menu around the “One Night in Paris” theme was lead by a team of determined young stars employed by Hospitality Group Training:
Rebecca Wilson, Executive Chef (3rd Year Apprentice Chef with host employer – X-Wray Café)
Chef de Cuisines Appetiser / Entrée
Ben Walker (2nd Year Apprentice Chef with Leap Frogs Café) and
James Cole-Bowen (2nd Year Apprentice Chef with White Salt)
Chef de Cuisine Main Course
Cherise Minas (3rd Year Apprentice Chef with The Royal on the Waterfront)
Chef de Cuisine Dessert
Jasmine Graham (3rd Year Apprentice with The Breakwater)
The kitchen team created an inspired menu including Consomme of Chicken with Asparagus Flan and Poached Oysters, a Trio of Pork, Lamb, a sensational French Cheese Course followed by a dessert of Champagne Poached Pears, Chocolate Marquise and Passionfruit Jelly.
Food and beverage service throughout the evening was provided by a specially selected team of hospitality students from West Coast Institute of Training, Challenger Institute of Training, Polytechnic West and Hospitality Group Training.
The mood was set with the ballroom at the Hyatt spectacularly decorated as the cobbled boulevards in the backstreets of Paris with a hint of Moulin Rouge and Feather Boa draped candelabras.
Entertainment was provided by an array of incredibly talented young performers including a vibrant French Cabaret dance opening by Green Room Entertainment, a stunning suspended dance performance on aerial silks by Tessa Kaminski, Chelsea J Gibson providing an inspiring musical tribute to all that encompasses Paris and the finishing the evening with popular cover band Proof.
The highlight of the evening was a spectacular parade of the apprentices and trainees involved in the Showcase, together with hospitality industry award winners from the past 12 months.
The Showcase was generously supported by the government as well as many hospitality food and beverage suppliers.
Iain McDougall, General Manager of Hospitality Group Training said the Showcase highlighted the positive aspects of youth employment, and was a fantastic opportunity to publicly celebrate the contribution that young people make to the success of the industry.