Chef gets more than top gong
BOGANAGER apprentice chef Lily Newton has narrowly missed out on the top gong at the Fonterra Foodservice Proud to be a Chef competition in Melbourne this week.
Miss Newton was one of nine NSW finalists invited to experience three days of master classes delivered by world-leading chefs last week.
The competition attracted hundreds of applicants, having boosted the careers of culinary greats like George Colambaris, Masterchef judge and owner of The Press Club.
"I had the best time of my life, even though I didn't win," Miss Newton said.
"It was so great to pick the brains of the mentors.
"I learnt there's always something more you can do and to test yourself.
"The girl who won was amazing, I worked opposite her and we all thought she deserved it."
Miss Newton said she had a heap of tips up her sleeve to take back to her day job at Peppers Salt Resort and Spa.
"So now it's back to work at Peppers.
"I qualify January of next year and then hopefully I'll go on some adventures.
"Peppers is part of the Mantra group so there's heaps of chances for me to transfer down the east coast and maybe even to New Zealand."
Fonterra Foodservice Proud to be a Chef coordinator Carolyn Plummer said this year's competition was fierce, with many strong applicants vying for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"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," Ms Plummer said.
Applicants were evaluated on their demonstrated passion for food servicing as well as their aspirations, goals and commitment to their career, and an original recipe, which they could submit via a Facebook page for the first time this year.
The program is in its 13th year.