Young chefs encouraged to broaden their horizons by entering 2018 Fonterra’s Proud to be a Chef
“Our focus is on identifying and developing the raw talent of those incredibly passionate young chefs who want to excel in the foodservice industry,” said Fonterra Foodservice channel marketing manager Alastair McCausland.
Last year’s finalists in Fonterra Proud to be a Chef.“We aim to provide them with the best mentoring experience possible, not just for the duration of the program but over the longer term to ensure they stay engaged and inspired about a career in the kitchen.”
Each February the Proud to be a Chef judges choose 32 finalists who are flown to Melbourne to take part in the all-expenses paid four day mentoring program including field tours, skills workshops, dining at prominent restaurant and educational classes with industry leaders. At the end of the program the standout apprentice is awarded the title of Proud to be a Chef winner and receives an international culinary scholarship tailored to their personal interests and goals as a professional chef.
“These leading foodservice professionals have made their mark in the industry and are now focused on giving back to the next generation of apprentice chefs – it’s terrific to have them on board,” said McCausland. “The program gives our apprentices the chance to work up close and personal with these mentors through masterclasses and in their own restaurants.”
Giles Gabutina from Tetsuya’s in Sydney won this year’s 2017 Proud to be a Chef after being encouraged by his employer at the time.
“She told me it was an amazing opportunity for an apprentice to see how the industry works and have one-on-ones with culinary leaders,” he said. “I didn’t get in the first time, so when I found out applications were open for 2017 I was onto it 100 per cent and fortunate to get through on my second attempt.
“Being a chef is not just about the food – it’s about making connections and getting as much knowledge as possible, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity. The chefs took so much of their time to mentor and nurture you and show you what goes on behind the scenes.”
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