Cook For Your Career 2013…and my first giveaway!

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.

Grand Finale Cook-Off 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).

Joint Winner of 2012

To be in the running for Cook For Your Career 2013 head to, 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.

Good luck!

31 Comments on Cook For Your Career 2013…and my first giveaway!

  1. I think it’s a tie between Ladro & Two Birds on Stone… Yum! What an exciting competition, I will spread the word! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jessica Tonissen // November 14, 2012 at 12:12 am // Reply

    I think it would have to be the Stokehouse for me! Although I am a little cross with them for being fully booked for my birthday 🙂

  3. Sally Pilkington // November 14, 2012 at 10:58 am // Reply

    Take me to Taxi anyday. Great competition!

  4. Picking a favourite is so hard. My favourites are ranked by budget! Laksa King in Flemington is amazing – the best laksa in Melbourne, apart from it’s neighbour Chef Legenda, which is run by Laksa King’s old chef – so that makes sense. Well worth the trip to Flemington. If it’s city based then the best meal I’ve had recently was at Brooks, every course was amazing, and I couldn’t fault anything there. It’s classic. But for fun, friends and a little bit of fancy I love Union Dining Terrace. Skewers and burgers and Pimms in the sun. Perfect get-together weather.

    Is that too many!

  5. Taxi – for the room, the fusion and the wine list!!!

  6. Michaela Grant // November 16, 2012 at 5:29 am // Reply

    Mmmmm how does one possibly answer this when there are soooo many choices?
    We experienced Melbourne and all it’s finest in March this year when Ryan competed as the C4YC Qld Finalist.
    We were treated to the pure indulgence of Shane Delia’s MAHA restaurant along with the vibrant funky atmosphere of Adam D’Sylva’s CODA restaurant and personal, warm and homely atmosphere of Donovan’s.
    Dining with Gail Donovan in the Private Dining Room on a stunning Sunday evening is a night that will remain permanently etched in our memories. The words too of Gail Donovan to Ryan as we left will always be remembered “Ryan remember it’s always important to bid your guests farewell as much as it is to greet them”. These words are above Ryan’s desk as he ‘carves’ through his Chef apprenticeship and looks forward to returning to Melbourne once Yr 12 is complete n 2013.

  7. Catherine Matthews // November 16, 2012 at 5:53 am // Reply

    Three Bags Full… Love everything on the menu, great atmosphere all day, still intimate even though always buzzing, and attractive passionate staff!

  8. Even though I’ve only been there once (I definitely plan on going again!), I’d have to say Izakaya Den in the city. The food is beyond delicious (LOVE Japanese), the room and tables are quirky and have an awesome atmosphere, the drinks/cocktails/sake list is huge and after all that it wasn’t even ridiculously expensive. A must!

    Love your blog Amy!

  9. Cynthia Murray // November 17, 2012 at 12:27 am // Reply

    I’ve gotta say Comme – amazing interior, atmosphere, wine list, and I looove me some french food!

  10. Charlotte Krenus // November 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm // Reply

    My favourite would definitely have to be Rockpool. The food, the atmosphere, the wine, everything about it!

  11. Melissa Woodward // November 23, 2012 at 12:36 am // Reply

    Tough question Amy! I have many, but my absolute fav is Mamasita. If only you could book a table, instead of having to queue!!! 🙂

  12. Morgan Flanagan // November 23, 2012 at 12:42 am // Reply

    Cumulus Inc is jumping to the front for me. Beautiful food, atmosphere and service with no pretentiousness. Im a massive sucker for shared menus!

  13. French Brasserie, friendliest restaurant in town with fantastic food

  14. French brasserie, friendliest restaurant around with great food

  15. I love Chin Chin at the moment, I find the recipes really intense and flavoursome which is good. Sometimes unexpected.

  16. My family and I went to Maudy’s in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast and loved it! Fantastic service, delicious food and great value – plus the views of the hinterland are fantastic. 🙂

  17. Ocha Japanese in Hawthorn

  18. The Flower Drum 🙂

  19. Vue de Monde

  20. For great authentic tapas, top churros and a buzzing atmosphere JUST like the real thing in Spain… No surprise really that I love MOVIDA! I’m so lucky to live in Melbourne!

  21. Masuya. Best Japanese in town.

  22. Belinda McLeod // November 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm // Reply

    Taxi – love the blend of food !!

  23. Red Manna in Mandurah

  24. We’ve celebrated family birthdays at Ashmore Road Steak & Seafood Restaurant for the past 20 odd years. Massive servings, reasonable prices, average service, but we go there for each other’s company and the great food.

  25. We LOVE paparazzi in WA. The best Chicken Scallopini ive ever had 🙂

  26. Ginger House. Delicious food and a friendly owner.

  27. I should say Movida! (which I love) but actually just to be pretentious I will say The Ledbury

  28. Love Birdman Eating – fabulous food to share and a super fun place

  29. 3 Junction Thai at Penrith…amazing place…money bags to die for yum yum yum

  30. Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner has now been notified!

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