Under a week to apply for the culinary experience of a lifetime


Australian apprentices encouraged to apply for the culinary experience of a lifetime

Apprentice chefs across Australia have the opportunity to take part in the culinary experience of a lifetime with entries officially open for the 16th annual Fonterra Proud to be a Chef 2015 mentoring program.

Thirty-two finalists will be selected to take part in the all-expense paid program held in Melbourne, Victoria, with one apprentice receiving the major prize of $7,500 to spend on an international culinary paid placement, tailored to their aspirations as a professional chef.

2014 Finalists


From Monday 23 to Thursday 26 February 2015, the finalists will participate in culinary master classes, dine at award-winning Melbourne restaurants and have an incredible opportunity to learn, develop new skills and be mentored by some of Australia’s culinary leaders, including:

  • Joe Grbac, Head Chef and Co-Owner at Saint Crispin
  • Zac Nicholson, Head Chef at Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne
  • Peter Wright, Foodservice Expert and Global Event Specialist


All apprentices involved in the program will cook an original creation and work with a food photographer to see the dish and recipe come to life and published.

Fonterra Proud to be a Chef coordinator Carolyn Plummer said the team were again excited to be offering the program, which has supported over 400 trainee chefs over the past 16 years and established a legacy as a unique and rewarding experience for Australian apprentice chefs.

“The program is Fonterra’s opportunity to support future leaders and to recognise and reward the talented trainee chefs who make a vital contribution to our industry and will one day be its leaders.”

Fonterra Proud to be a Chef is in many ways the culinary experience with the lot – catering to apprentice chefs of all backgrounds and skills,” Carolyn added.

Fonterra Proud to be a Chef has an impressive list of alumni including industry great George Calombaris, known throughout Australia for his role as a MasterChef judge.

Last year’s winner Ashlee Carter from Margaret River, Western Australia, is currently undertaking a placement at Tetsuya’s in Sydney before heading to Spain to gain experience in the Michelin star restaurant El Poblet in Valencia.

Judging throughout the program is conducted by an expert panel of industry professionals including chefs, educators and representatives from the Australian Culinary Federation and Fonterra Foodservice.

Entries for 2014 are open from now until 31 OCTOBER 2014 and all passionate apprentice chefs in Australia are encouraged to enter via www.fonterraproudtobeachef.com.au or the Fonterra Proud to be a Chef Facebook page www.facebook.com/proudtobeachef.



28 October 2014

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