Bruce Robson, Managing Director of Robot Coupe Australia presented the winner of the ‘The Best Apprentice Chef in Australia’ title, Jacob Hoskin with a Robot Coupe CL50 and accessories.
Jacob Hoskin, the 1st year apprentice chef from Neilson’s Restaurant in Traralagon, Victoria bested 28 of the country’s top Apprentice Chefs to win the coveted title at a gala dinner held in Darwin’s Sky City Casino.
About 4600 apprentices had cooked their way through regional and state competitions to compete against their peers in a 3-hour final event where they had to cook and prepare an omelette as well as four main courses utilising a selection of ingredients and a variety of sponsored produce.
The apprentices were judged on presentation, kitchen skills and taste by a panel of Australian Culinary Federation judges.
Jacob Hoskin was the winner of the Gold medal in the 1st Year Apprentice Chef category. The Silver medals went to Sam Keeley, TAS, Jamie Martin, NSW, Yuliya Halyuk, WA and Rosie Firth, ACT while Bronze medals were awarded to Jessica Wheeler, Qld and Dylan Goodman, NT.
The Best 2nd year Apprentice award was given to Junpei Yamakoshi, Victoria while Morgan Neveceral, ACT won the Best 3rd/4th year Apprentice award.
Awards were also presented for:
- Best Culinary Student: Gabrielle Entwisle, Victoria
- Best use of Krio Krush Spices: Libby Green, Tasmania
- Best Omelette in Competition: Jessica Wheeler, Queensland
- Best Entree in Competition: Junpei Yamakoshi, Victoria
- Best Main Course in Competition: Jacob Hoskin, Victoria
- Best Dessert in Competition: Josh Rawlings, South Australia