It is no secret that my favourite pastime is eating and drinking my way around Melbourne. When I’m not doing this, I do love spending time in the kitchen. There is something wonderful about a home cooked meal and the smell of freshly baked cookies filling the house. I once even dabbled in a commercial kitchen. Having said this I am no chef. Some of you however, might just want to be.
The HOSTPLUS 2013 Cook For Your Career (C4YC) competition is giving one keen foodie, one amateur home chef, one passionate Australian the chance to win a full apprenticeship in one of the best kitchens in Australian, led by some of the hospitality industry’s finest. While this opportunity will kick-start one cooking career it is also helping the national skills shortage that is currently being faced by the hospitality industry. Entries are now open and will be closing on December 7th 2012.
How does the process work? Entrants submit a picture of their signature dish along with the reason they want to win this full apprenticeship, before the closing date of December 7th. State finalists will then be chosen on Friday January 11th. From there the general public will vote. The two cooks with the most votes will go into battle in the grand finale cook-off on Saturday March 2nd 2013 in Melbourne at the 2013 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
The two finalists will be flown to Melbourne and treated to some of Melboune’s finest foodie experiences, before taking to the stage in the Grand Finale cook-off. Last year the two finalists were so promising that the judges awarded them both first prize.
The winner will win a full apprenticeship in their home state. An impressive line up of restaurants and head chefs are on board this year including Shane Delia – Maha (VIC), Peter Doyle – @ The Quay (NSW), Ryan Squires – Esquire (QLD), Nick Moutou – Il Piatto (NT), Camillo Crugnale – Assagio (SA), David Coomer – Print Hall (WA) and Graham Taute – Wrest Point (Tasmania).
To be in the running for Cook For Your Career 2013 head to http://hostplus.com.au/c4yc/, upload a photo of your signature dish and tell them why you’d like to win an apprenticeship in one of Australia’s leading restaurants. Doesn’t take much, does it?
But wait there’s more… thanks to Cook For Your Career, I have one copy of Movida’s wonderful cookbook to give away.
To enter, simply comment below telling me the name of your favourite restaurant.
Winners will be drawn Monday 26th of November at 5pm.