Culinary creativity on show

 A group of apprentice chefs and commercial cookery students are briefed on the competition by South Regional TAFE lecturer Amanda Smith prior to the event.
A group of apprentice chefs and commercial cookery students are briefed on the competition by South Regional TAFE lecturer Amanda Smith prior to the event.

Culinary creativity knew no bounds when some of the South West’s best cookery students recently gathered at South Regional TAFE’s Bunbury Campus.

Students from Bunbury, Albany and Margaret River cooked off in the regional heats of the Australian Culinary Federation Apprentice of the Year competition.

South Regional TAFE commercial cookery lecturers Kathryn Tindal-Davies said the competition had run smoothly, and the group had achieved a high standard of work.

“The students were organised and had taken the time to practice the dishes,” she said.

“The judges were very happy with the high level of professionalism shown in the preparation and it showed in the final product served.

“The students demonstrated different styles in taste, presentation and cookery methods from the meat protein of chicken and a set list of vegetables and dry goods.

“We are all excited to mentor and accompany our students for the next step to the finals.”

Six students rose to the top, selected as finalists they will go on to the finals in Perth, which will be held at North Metropolitan TAFE in Joondalup later this year. 

First year apprentices Tylisha Wells from Bunbury, Stephanie Humphries from Bunbury and Cara Viljoen from Margaret River show they had what it takes along with second year apprentice Emily Turner from Albany.

Commercial Cookery students Lathan Lucas and Megan Liston from Bunbury were also selected.