Proud to be a Chef entries open

Posted by Josette Dunn on 29th September 2010

Fonterra Foodservices is pleased to announce entries are now open for Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef 2011 for apprentices across Australia and New Zealand.

Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef is designed to publicly recognise and reward the dedication and commitment of apprentice chefs, giving 24 apprentices the opportunity to participate in master classes conducted by highly acclaimed world leading chefs.

One participating apprentice will receive the major prize of an international culinary scholarship.

Carolyn Plummer, Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be Chef co-ordinator, says there is strong support from the industry for the Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef program to continue.

“Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef provides apprentice chefs with a unique opportunity outside of their normal working environment to learn and be inspired, and work closely with some of the world’s leading chefs,” she says.

“We are proud to support the best and brightest Australian and New Zealand apprentice chefs, to nurture their passion in this unique program, which is now in its 12th year.”

Last year’s winner, Kate Ager, received the major prize – an international placement with acclaimed chef Eric Teo at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Singapore, impressing the judges with her passion, efficiency and attention to detail.

“The Fonterra Foodservice Proud to be a Chef program was an incredible experience to be involved with,” says Ms Ager.

“Through the program, I was exposed to highly acclaimed international and Australian chefs, who over three days of master classes acted as mentors for our group.

“While I was lucky enough to travel to Singapore on an international placement, I feel every apprentice chef involved was a winner,” she said.

Entries for 2011 are now being sought and all apprentice chefs in Australia and New Zealand who are passionate about their vocation are encouraged to enter.

Applicants are evaluated on their demonstrated passion to food servicing; their aspirations, goals and commitment to chefing, and their performance in Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef master classes. Judging is conducted by an expert panel of industry professionals including chefs, educators and representatives from the Australian Culinary Federation and Fonterra Foodservices.

The 24 successful applicants will participate in the Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef 2011 mentoring program in Melbourne from 1 – 4 March 2011, inclusive of flights, transfers, three nights’ accommodation and dining experiences at three award winning Melbourne restaurants.

Entry is open to apprentice chefs aged 18 and above, enrolled in a culinary course anywhere in Australia or New Zealand as at 1 March 2011. Participants must also be Australian or New Zealand citizens or hold an eligible Australian or New Zealand work visa.

To enter visit Entries close 31 October 2010.