There’s some exciting news out of Greenfield Station Bistro at Bankstown Sports! Young chef Sarah Hanslow and apprentice chef Sammy Carbone have been selected to compete in the NSW Metropolitan final of the 2016 Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Award, to be held at TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute in Ryde, next month.
The competition is dedicated to helping junior and apprentice chefs develop their cooking skills and broaden their culinary horizons, and showcase their abilities in front of their peers. It also provides young chefs with the opportunity to be mentored by culinary instructors and gives them access to a national network of professional chefs.
Sarah has been working in the Bistro and Platform 1 restaurants for 3 years and Sammy has been at the club for 2 ½ years, both under the guidance of Executive Chef Helmut Gundendorfer.
Sarah says the competition so far, has been a great experience.
“It’s been really amazing to compete against other young chefs around the state, to see the kinds of dishes they can come up with. It’s just something completely different from our normal work and we’re really excited to be a part of it!”
Teams are given a list of ingredients before competition day and have to come up with their own main meal and desert, which is served to a panel of four judges who decide the winner.
Sammy says they have a few ideas about what they’re going to cook, but they don’t want to give anything away just yet!
“We’re still working on it! There are so many options to choose from and we have to be really careful with what we select. We want to be different from the other teams”.
The NSW final will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of June and the winner will then travel to Melbourne for the national final. The overall winner will then be flown overseas with $15,000 spending money to visit top restaurants and eateries.