Ryan designs delicious meals
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.