Held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Holmesglen’s reputation as a quality provider of hospitality training took centre stage at the event run together with Foodservice Australia.
Andrew Ballard, who teaches at our Moorabbin campus, was crowned Professional Chef of the Year.
“It is Australia’s most prestigious culinary title for an individual chef, so it is a real honour to receive this award,” he said.
While Andrew’s team – composed of chefs from his restaurant, Provenance – placed second in the team category.
Our Holmesglen Glen Waverley campus team continued the culinary excellence in third place. The team featured chefs Trevor Jenkins, Targ Howarth, Ola Alkateb, and Rebecca Walker.
Teams were tasked with cooking and serving a two-course menu for 44 guests and judges.
Holmesglen competed against participants from New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.
Trevor Jenkins (who also made the semi-finals of the Professional Chef of the Year category) says being a TAFE teacher has grown his skills and love of the hospitality industry.
“Being a teacher has allowed my passion for the industry to grow even stronger.
“The hospitality industry is like one big family. To compete with your peers is a great way to strengthen comradery, friendships, and a bit of healthy competition is always good to push you to be better. It also adds to the fun when you have your colleagues by your side.”