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Three local Apprentice Chefs will by vying for the title of ETC Apprentice of the Year during a public cook-off competition to be held at Port Central Shopping Centre on Saturday 10 November.

They will be re-creating their own signature seafood dish, featuring Australian native foods, which won them a place in the final from an original group of 8 contestants.

The finalists are:

SarahTownsend Apprentice Chef

Sarah Townsend

A 2nd year Apprentice with Taree RSL & Golf Club, Sarah will be preparing a Coconut Stingray Salad.

Harrison Nyberg Apprentice Chef

Harrison Nyberg

Chop’n Chill’s 2nd year Apprentice, Harrison, will be creating Blue-eye Trevalla with Ginger and Citrus.

Luke Miakoda Apprentice Chef

Luke Miakoda

Luna Bonita’s 1st year Apprentice, Luke, will be creating his own variation of the Mexican dish Aguachile.

The ETC Apprentice of the Year Cook-Off is the brainchild of ETC Training Advisor and experienced Chef Nick Philip.

“When you work as an Apprentice Chef your work routine consists of very repetitive tasks. It can become frustrating sometimes not to be able to express your creativity. With this cook-off, I wanted to be able to give the Apprentices a chance to have some fun and showcase their skills,” Mr Philip said.

Mr Philip said competitions are an essential part of the development of young Chefs.

“As an Apprentice Chef I had the opportunity to take part in a few culinary competitions. It was an extraordinary experience that helped me gain confidence, experience and enabled me to meet some amazing Chefs. Competitions enable young Chefs to perform in an environment that puts them up against their peers and out of their comfort zone, which is a great challenge.”

ETC’s CEO Jenny Barnett praised each of the contestants for entering the competition and congratulated the finalists.

“It’s a fantastic achievement to make it this far and we encourage the public to come along and get behind their local Apprentice Chefs,” Ms Barnett said.

“Each of the finalists will receive a $150 voucher to spend at B.I.G Hospitality Warehouse and the winner will receive dinner for two at Whalebone Wharf Seafood Restaurant.”

The cook-off competition will be held in Port Central from 10.30am – 12.30pm on Saturday 10 November.

If you are interested in becoming a Chef, or signing up an Apprentice Chef in your business, contact our Training Team on 1800 007 400

Learn more about the ETC Apprentice of the Year Cook-Off competition, or contact Nick Philip on 0406 664 586.



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