Local chefs cut the mustard
TWO aspiring Indigo Shire chefs took out medals in a prestigious Australian competition held in Melbourne last week.
Competing in the AUS-TAFE 2018 Culinary Trophy State final against Victoria’s best, Rory Stones, a second year apprentice from Rutherglen’s Ripe at Buller Wines, claimed a silver medal, with first year apprentice Lorraine Spargo from Star Hotel Yackandandah, a bronze.
Rory also scored overall second place for second year apprentice chefs in the state at the competition.
The apprentice chefs who are studying commercial cookery at Wodonga TAFE had both won bronze medals in the regional competition finals held by the education provider last month.
Their win qualified them for a place to represent the region in the prized state contest held at the ‘Fine Food Australia’ trade exhibition in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“It’s exciting to see such talented apprentices from our region step up to hold their own and be recognised,” Wodonga TAFE’s cookery and patisserie teacher Sarah Whitling said
Mr Stones said the competitions encouraged people to strive for a goal.
“The wins are a proof of my skills,” the 19year old said.
Enjoying the Melbourne event, Mr Stones said insight was gained into what other apprentice chefs were doing too.
With an aim to own a restaurant sometime in the future, he said travels to countries such as Japan, France and the United Kingdom were on his list for work experience and learning as a chef.
Yackandandah career changer Lorraine Spargo said her achievements helped validate what she was learning.
The 43 year-old said she loved the creative side of cooking, and making people happy through providing an enjoyable culinary experience.
Another student and second year apprentice chef at Beechworth’s Empire Hotel, Stephen Klafuric from Wodonga, also won a bronze medal at the regional competition.
Unable to compete in the state final at the last minute due to illness, the 27 year-old said he had been working towards the Melbourne competition since the start of this year. “Hopefully I’ll make it next year,” he said. Ms Whitling said the TAFE teaching team was very proud of their students.
“They put in many hours of extra effort and training to be ready for this cookery challenge and performed well in the final’s high-pressure environment,” she said.
She also said the AUS-TAFE competitions provided students with more exposure to industry expectations and networking opportunities too.
State final winners compete in the national final later this year.
WINNERS: Taste Rutherglen and Ripe and Bulla’s second year apprentice chef Rory Stones (second left) and Star Hotel Yackandandah’s first year apprentice chef Lorraine Spargo (right) with Benjamin Warhurst from Wodonga’s Bean Station and Chelsea McGuire from Brick Lane in Albury.