Big catch for pas­try chef

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - Ju­lian Wright

THERE is noth­ing fishy about chef de par­tie Cherise Davids’ pas­sion for cook­ing.

The 23 year old, who runs the fish sec­tion of Royal on the Water­front, out-cooked the com­pe­ti­tion and struck gold at the Golden Chef's Hat Awards in July.

No stranger to the world of com­pet­i­tive cook­ing, Davids al­ready has an ap­pren­tice of the year award un­der her belt and this year marked the sixth time she en­tered the Golden Chef's Hat com­pe­ti­tion.

“This is the third time I have won some­thing at the state level,” she said. “The other times I got sec­ond or third place. “I keep en­ter­ing be­cause I en­joy the com­pe­ti­tion; it is fun, you get to use dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents.”

De­spite be­ing in charge of seafood at the restau­rant for sev­eral years, Davids ad­mit­ted she was not a fan of ma­rine life. “I hate seafood,” she said. But her love for the restau­rant and her col­leagues out­weighed her dis­plea­sure for seafood.

“Some peo­ple have come and gone; about two or three peo­ple have re­mained from when I started here,” she said. “It is a great crew.”

She said the team worked closely to­gether in what could be in high pres­sure sit­u­a­tions and long hours.

Davids listed be­ing a pas­try chef as a fu­ture ca­reer goal.“I am qual­i­fied, I fin­ished my course last year; I love bak­ing,” she said.

Co-Op Din­ing’s Mark John­son also scored gold in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Mav­er­ick Cuth­bert at The Reve­ley and Alexis Wat­son from C Restau­rant each re­ceived sil­ver.

Davids’ win se­cured her a trip to Mel­bourne in Septem­ber to rep­re­sent WA in the na­tional fi­nal of the award.

This year’s na­tional win­ning team will be awarded a trip to North Amer­ica.

Picture: An­drew Ritchie d457931

Cherise Davids is the chef de par­tie at Royal on the Water­front and won Gold at the Golden Chef's Hat Awards in July.

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