09 July 2013


"Australia's largest professional cooking competition for budding chefs“
HTN coordinates Australia's largest competition series annually for future chefs.  The well publicised skills shortage in the commercial cookery sector highlights the need to promote the career of a professional chef and HTN actively pursues applicants to meet their demand average of 100 cooking apprenticeship vacancies listed all year round.

The competition provides an ideal opportunity for cooking apprentices and trainees to engage in structured skill development, further enhance their unmistakable passion for the culinary art and celebrate the excellence of cookery as a career without limits.  It also provides an opportunity for apprentices and trainees to network, form long lasting friendships with other like minded people and to display their individual culinary talent.

HTN will coordinate the 2013 competition series which will encompass a new and improved format with five (5) regional heats throughout NSW and ACT - thus providing the industry with the largest and most exciting commercial cookery competition in the country.  (250+ Apprentice Chefs competed in 2012) with cash and great industry prizes up for grabs.

The next regional heat is scheduled for 10:00am on Wednesday, 10th July 2013:
TAFE NSW Hunter Institute – Hamilton Campus
Building A, 91 Parry Street
Newcastle West NSW 2302

You are invited to attend as a spectator.  Competitors will be presenting the dishes from 1:00pm.

The best performing HTN Apprentice Chef across all heats i.e. the HTN Apprentice Chef that scores the highest points in total across 5 regional heats will be provided a unique 2 day paid work experience opportunity with renowned Chef Shannon Bennett at Vue de Monde in Melbourne.  This experience includes airfares and accommodation. 

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Krio Krush, Fraser and Hughes, Futura Group, Peter McInnes, HOSTPLUS, Sandhurst Fine Foods, Community First Credit Union, Service Skills NSW, Game Farm Pty Ltd, TAFE NSW and CIT have generously supported HTN as sponsors of this initiative, ensuring that the commercial cookery sector's future is assured.

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 employs hundreds of apprentice chefs, hospitality trainees and apprentice butchers throughout NSW and ACT and is the leading hospitality specific group employer in Australia.   

For more information regarding this media release please contact HTN on Toll Free 1300 139 108 or www.htn.com.au

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