Three aspiring students from Swan Christian Education Association (SCEA) schools were winners in the “HGT Taste of the Future” Schools Cooking Competition on July 28.
Receiving first place, Jezzie Hatch from Swan Christian College won an apprentice scholarship valued at approximately $4,500.
Rachel Russell from Ellenbrook Christian College finished in third place and Ella Dorsett from Mundaring Christian College placed fifth.
Peter Bolt, Head of the Swan Trade Training Centre, which operates SCEA’s hospitality program, congratulated the students on their achievements.
“To turn a passion into a career, you need equal parts of inspiration and education,” said Mr. Bolt.
“This competition gave students the opportunity to showcase their culinary skills and passion for cooking.
“Our congratulations to the girls for their outstanding efforts,” he said.
These students have been working hard every Friday for the last two years and it is excellent to see them be recognized for their hard work.”
First place was also awarded a $500 cash prize while third and fifth place received a $200 cash prize.
Each of the schools attended by the top 5 finalists will also receive a $1000 voucher for kitchen equipment for their schools.
The competition, held at Belmont City College, was entered by 23 schools and gave Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to put their cooking skills to the test. To be eligible to enter, students submitted an essay on why they wanted to be a chef and a photo of a dish they have created.
Twelve finalists were selected to produce one restaurant-quality plate with only one hour preparation time and 45 minutes of cooking time.
The finals were judged by Stephen Clarke (of Clarke’s of North Beach), Don Hancey (WA Food Ambassador) and Paul Beard (Executive Chef at Perth Arena).
“We would like to thank SCEA staff, including Mrs Melinda Edwards and Mrs Anna Cardillo, and the staff from our RTO, Advanced Institute of Training and Consultancy, Mr Livio Barilaro, Mr Chris Martin and Mr Rob De Carmo for their fantastic training and support of the students and providing them this opportunity,” said Mr. Bolt.