Ryan de­signs de­li­cious meals

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yan Young’s am­bi­tion was to train as a de­sign stu­dent at Ucol but in­stead he’s de­sign­ing ap­petis­ing meals at the Palmer­ston North Cos­mopoli­tan Club.

Ryan re­cently re­ceived his NZQA level 3 ba­sic cook­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion and has been ap­pointed sec­ond chef at the club.

Man­ager De­siree Gar­ri­gan says the club paid for his training, part of its aim to sup­port staff wish­ing to up­skill. Ryan was then ap­pointed sec­ond chef.

Ryan started as kitchen­hand under the tute­lage of head chef Joseph Henry and ad­vanced to front of house su­per­vi­sor be­fore his ap­point­ment as sec­ond chef.

‘‘Ryan’s de­sire is to be part of the club. He en­joys in­ter­ac­tion with the mem­bers and has great or­gan­i­sa­tional skills which are es­sen­tial for the kitchen,’’ De­siree says.

‘‘The tu­tors who eval­u­ated him were im­pressed with his cook­ing abil­ity, his cre­ativ­ity in pre­par­ing meals and how to run the kitchen ef­fi­ciently.’’

Since Ryan’s ap­point­ment as sec­ond chef, he’s re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back from mem­bers and staff, De­siree says. ‘‘They en­joy his dishes and he pre­pares ex­cel­lent pas­tries as desserts as part of his training.’’

Ryan’s de­sign skills al­low him to place em­pha­sis on the ap­pear­ance of food on the plate.

‘‘What I en­joy is cre­at­ing a dish that has the right com­bi­na­tion of meat, veg­eta­bles and sal­ads,’’ he says.

While he spe­cialises in ev­ery­thing, Ryan looks for­ward to the roasts which are a par­tic­u­lar fea­ture at the club on Fri­day and Saturday evenings and lunchtime on Tues­days and Sun­days.

Ryan’s chal­lenge is to cook a tasty ham, beef or pork roast by pour­ing the mari­nades over the meat and care­fully cook­ing it so the taste is de­lec­ta­ble.

Ryan’s dad, AJ Young, is a mem­ber and a fur­ther chal­lenge is to pre­pare his rare steak ‘‘just right.’’

Ryan is very grate­ful to the Cos­mopoli­tan Club for their en­dorse­ment and sup­port dur­ing his ap­pren­tice­ship and, on the days he’s

He en­joys in­ter­ac­tion with the mem­bers and has great or­gan­i­sa­tional skills.’’

in charge of the kitchen, ‘‘to run things and stamp my own per­son­al­ity on the food.’’

He has grown in con­fi­dence since his ini­tial ap­point­ment. Ryan says being front of house did won­ders for him and he’s now more com­fort­able in talk­ing to mem­bers and in­ter­act­ing with them.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant I can chat to them and know how to pre­pare their choice of meal,’’ he says.

In the fu­ture Ryan wants to gain fur­ther ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­i­fi­ca­tions under Joseph and then, when he’s ready, own his own res­tau­rant and utilise all the valu­able skills he’s learned at the Cos­mopoli­tan Club.

Palmer­ston North Cos­mopoli­tan Club sec­ond chef Ryan Young (right) has learned his craft from head chef Joseph Henry.

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