Competition heats up for chef duo
Vasse Felix chefs Jason Nicholas and Lara Kirby are heating up their pans ready to cook off against the country’s best chef talent in the national final of the Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Award in Melbourne later this year.
The pair went hat-to-hat with competitors in the State final at North Metropolitan TAFE on Sunday, June 24, taking home silver medals and securing themselves a spot in the national final at Fine Food Australia in Melbourne in September.
About 26 chefs stepped up to the plate at the WA cook-off on Sunday, but it was Nicholas and Kirby’s two-course menu that impressed the judging panel.
Competing in his first cooking competition, Nicholas said he entered to see how his skills measured up. The pair said they were pleased with their performance and did not expect the result.
Nestle professional executive chef Mark Clayton said the award supported the professional development of young chefs and offered a platform to advance their culinary skills.