In awe of ap­pren­tice Naw’s food jour­ney

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Tim Slater

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.

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