The accolades just keep coming for talented young Dubbo RSL chef Brooke Stewart.
Fresh from being crowned Apprentice of the Year at the NSW Chef’s Table Awards in Sydney, the 18-year-old TAFE Western hospitality student will now be whisked away to showcase her skills at the Fine Food Australia trade show in Sydney next week (September 22).
Brooke will represent Dubbo RSL and TAFE Western at the Flavours of NSW stand, meet with some of the state’s leading producers and also meet Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro.
“Brooke is a first year apprentice at the start of a promising future, excelling in her Certificate III Commercial Cookery Course at Dubbo TAFE College,” TAFE Western Head Teacher for Tourism and Hospitality Sue Greer said.
“Her methods of cookery, hygienic practices and teamwork are at an exceptional standard and she is well respected amongst her peers.
“Brooke is one of the most dedicated and skillful young chefs we have at TAFE Western so this recognition is very much deserved.”
Dubbo RSL One 7 Eight Dining and Bar Restaurant Manager Joanne Turner echoed those sentiments, adding Brooke was a delight to work with and a vital member of the team.
“Brooke has a positive and enthusiastic approach to her work. Her conscientious and diligent approach to her work and her desire to do her personal best at all times while trying to improve her skills makes her a pleasure to work with,” Ms Turner said.
“Brooke is punctual, hardworking and well-groomed and takes direction from our chefs, head chef and executive chef at our kitchen and has a very bright future ahead of her.”
As part of winning the NSW Chef’s Table Awards in Sydney, Brooke will now progress to The Clubs NSW Finals in Melbourne.
One apprentice will receive direct entry into the 2016 Fonterra Proud to be a Chef mentoring program and the opportunity to win an international culinary scholarship valued at $7,500. The winner will also receive a $2,500 cash prize from HTN Hospitality Employment Solutions.
“This will be another wonderful experience for Brooke and a great opportunity to showcase her ever-growing range of skills,” Ms Turner said.