Fonterra Proud to be a Chef 2013 competition is open for entries from apprentice chefs following a recent announcement by the large dairy and food service group.
It is a mentoring program across Australia and New Zealand which has been running for 14 years, and the winning apprentice chef receives a tailored international culinary scholarship.
Sonja Dawson who was the last winner is off to New York to work at Per Se, which is ranked as the sixth top restaurant in the world. She said; “Fonterra Proud to be a Chef was an incredible experience. It was so much fun to meet 31 other chefs who are just as interested in doing this work as I am. I learned so much from the mentor chefs and I am certain that winning the program has made me more employable. I am very excited for my upcoming trip to New York. For me the hospitality industry is about more than just working in the kitchen. I am interested in learning about the overall dining culture in New York – how people eat, how they socialise – I just want to soak up as much as I can.”
There will be 32 apprentices picked to attend Master Classes in Melbourne at the end of February 2013 and one winner will be chosen by a selection panel comprised of some of the best known names in the restaurant industry.
Selection of the winner is done by assessing their demonstrated passion for food servicing as well as their aspirations, goals and commitment to chefing, and their performance in the master classes.
Fonterra Proud to be a Chef coordinator, Carolyn Plummer, says “Fonterra Proud to be a Chef is pleased to provide passionate apprentice chefs with a unique opportunity to learn, be inspired and work with some of Australia’s best chefs. Fonterra encourages apprentice chefs to take pride in their culinary passion and is happy to provide a platform to recognise their hard work.”
Entries close on Wednesday 31 October 2012 and will only be open to those 18 or older, enrolled in a culinary course (at the time of the master classes) and be either a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, or be holding a valid work visa.