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Innovation and composure leads to national cook-off

By Leanne Coleman

Overall winner Tim Myers Overall winner Tim Myers

CDU Certificate III in Commercial Cookery graduate Tim Myers will represent the Northern Territory at the Open Cookery National WorldSkills Australia Competition in Perth in September.

Tim pitted his plating and culinary skills against other apprentice chefs from across the NT to take out the 2014 Regional WorldSkills Open Commercial Cookery Competition held at CDU’s Palmerston campus.

Charles Darwin University commercial cookery and bakery lecturer Jason Wilkes said the young chefs and apprentices from Darwin, Katherine, Jabiru and Alice Springs competed to create a sumptuous three-course meal to impress the judging panel.

“The competition tested the apprentices’ techniques and their ability to work under pressure to plate up dishes according to strict menu guidelines within an allocated time,” Mr Wilkes said.

Tim’s innovative menu and composure impressed the judging panel during the six-hour-long simulated kitchen service to create a sumptuous three-course meal according to strict menu guidelines within an allocated time.

Mr Wilkes said that above all, the competition was a great confidence builder for apprentice chefs.

“Once young chefs have competed in their first competition, apart from realising it is not that scary, it improves their confidence and generally they get a taste for competing,” he said.

“The more competitions chefs do the better the chef they become. Discipline, professionalism, passion and confidence are all results they can expect to gain from competing.”

Tim will represent the Northern Territory at the Open Cookery National WorldSkills Australia Competition in Perth in September. The winner of the national competition will travel to Brazil next year to compete in the WorldSkills

WorldSkills aims to instil young Australians with the confidence to excel in their trade or skill by inspiring and providing them with an opportunity to showcase their trade and skill talent.