CLINTON Richardson and Jomarie Gealon have been awarded first place at the Australian Culinary Federation’s Chef’s Table and won three silver medals at the Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Award.
The pair both work at Wrest Point Casino.
The Tasmanian chefs turned up the heat against Australia’s top culinary talent at the national finals of the 2018 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award at Fine Food Australia.
The duo took home silver medals for their entrée, main and dessert courses.
Mr Richardson and Mr Gealon particularly impressed the judging panel with a standout dessert course of cocoa sponge cake with salted caramel cremeux, coconut pudding, strawberry coulis, white and dark chocolate soil and strawberries.
The team put their nerves aside, worked well together and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and opportunity the competition provided.
“It’s a tough competition, we were a bit nervous at the start but once we got cooking we just stayed focused on the food,” Mr Richardson said.
“We’re really proud of our performance, and we worked well as a team on the day.
“It’s been a really great opportunity to meet other young chefs who are as passionate about food as us.
“We are happy to walk away with three silver medals.”
Mr Gealon said the competition was a good test to teach chefs to work their best under pressure.
“To compete, we need to have a clear plan and be really organised,” he said.
“After that, it’s all about being creative and showing good technique.”
Executive chef at Nestlé Professional Mark Clayton said the competition consistently attracted some of the best and brightest young chefs in the culinary industry.
“I’m continually impressed with the passion and creativity they bring to the table,” he said.
“Clinton and Jomarie worked hard for their achievements and it showed in the courses they presented.”
The Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award offers the next generation of young chefs a platform to connect with their peers, learn new skills, create amazing dishes, and experience new opportunities to advance their culinary careers.
Caption: Wrest Point Casino chefs Clinton Richards and Jomarie Gealon have had great success at the recent Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Award event in Melbourne.