In awe of apprentice Naw’s food journey
BELMONT apprentice chef Naw Bee has come a long way from being a refugee in Thailand to showcasing her cooking skills at a five-star, fourcourse culinary extravaganza at the Hyatt Hotel on August 28.
Naw Bee (17) is pursuing her passion for cooking at the Sapore Espresso Bar in Belmont as part of a trainee program with Belmont City College.
She was born in Myawaddy in Myanmar during a civil war in 1998 and was smuggled to Thailand by her parents, where they lived in a refugee camp with her aunt and uncle before her family was settled in Perth as part of the UNHCR program.
Naw Bee has always wanted to be a chef ever since she could remember, even when she was in the refugee camp and didn’t have enough to eat.
She is a Year 12 school-based apprentice at Belmont Community College and has been working at the restaurant for one day a week since February, and is looking to work full-time next year.
“I love cooking because you get to create your own meals and work on your own ideas,” she said.
Sapore co-owner Mario Fisicchia said Naw Bee had a great passion to be a chef.
“She has conducted herself in a most professional way and is under the stringent guidance of our head chef, Tatoy,” he said.
The Youth Skills Showcase is co-ordinated by Hospitality Group Training to displays the skills of more than 100 of the state’s best young apprentice chefs and hospitality trainees.
The event has been devised and put together solely by the apprentices.
Naw Bee and her fellow apprentices will be plating up 1800 meals at the Showcase. The meals will be served up by 75 wait staff also still in training.
Apprentice chef Naw Bee and co-owner Mario Fisicchia at the Sapore Espresso Bar in Belmont.