Grand Final of Australia's largest apprentice chef culinary competition rewards tomorrow's chefs with $17,000 worth of prizes.
Yesterday (28th August 2012) saw the culmination of several months worth of regional heats in NSW, ACT and VIC with the Grand Final of the 2012 HTN Apprentice Chef Culinary Competition.
The Grand Final was hosted by TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute, Ryde College who supplied three kitchens for the 27 competitors to compete against each other.
Each of the Grand Finalists had already won their regional heat in their year and pocketed industry prizes including vouchers from long time supporter Fraser and Hughes. The prizes at the Grand Final were on display for added incentive to succeed and included hampers from Krio Krush, books from Meat & Livestock Australia and Futura Training and a Scooter.
Each kitchen hosted an apprentice year and was overseen by a total of 10 highly experienced judges hand selected from HTN and industry and included HTN's Official Patron Peter Howard.
Each competitor was required to present a three course menu suitable for service of a fine dining standard. All 1st and 2nd Year Apprentices were given a list of ingredients and a menu one month in advance while the 3rd Year Apprentices had a mystery box and were required to select their ingredients and create a menu on the day.
HTN also used this event to thank the corporate sponsors for their ongoing support throughout 2012.
The results of the Grand Final were:
|1st Year Apprentices|
|1st Place: James Milazzo - Tetsuya|
|2nd Place: Felicity Dunstan - The Bathers Pavilion (HTN Apprentice)|
|3rd Place: Ling Ying Huang - Diplomat Canberra's Boutique Hotel|
|Merit: Peter Tavernese - Ripples at Chowder Bay (HTN Apprentice)|
|2nd Year Apprentices|
|1st Place: Rosie Firth - Royal Canberra Golf Club|
|2nd Place: Rod Parbery - The Sebel Parramatta|
|3rd Place: Cecilia Tibbertsma - Gastronomy|
|Merit: George Mirosevich - Silo Restaurant and Lounge (HTN Apprentice)|
|3rd Year Apprentices|
|1st Place: Emma Chedzey - The Crystal Room Restaurant|
|2nd Place: Thomas Boyd - Restaurant Mason|
|3rd Place: Lily Dowden - Grazing Restaurant|
|Merit: Fuji Taukatelata - Campbelltown Golf Club (HTN Apprentice)|
Winner of the Encouragement Award: Kirra Parsons - Vicolo
Felicity Dunstan of Bathers Pavilion was the HTN Apprentice with the highest points on the day and therefore won a Motor Scooter and Helmet valued at $3,000.
Congratulations to all 27 competitors and the above winners.
HTN is a not for profit, group training organisation established by industry, for industry to employ hospitality apprentices and trainees and thus return to industry highly qualified skilled technicians for tomorrow. HTN now employs hundreds of apprentice chefs and hospitality trainees throughout NSW, VIC and the ACT and is the leading hospitality specific group employer in Australia.