Apprentice chef Katherine Offner hopes being named a finalist in a national apprentice chef competition will help her future career in fine dining.
Ms Offner is one of 32 finalists from Australia and New Zealand selected to participate in the Fonterra Proud to be a Chef 2013 mentorship program.
All finalists will attend three days of master classes delivered by leading chefs and industry experts in Melbourne with one finalist to take home the top prize, an international culinary scholarship tailored to meet their professional aspirations.
Ms Offner, who relocated to Orange from Tamworth, said she’s over the moon about being a finalist.
“I’m especially excited about the master classes,” Ms Offner said.
“I’ve wanted to move into fine dining for a long time now, so I can’t wait to meet the mentor chefs and soak up some knowledge.
“I’m looking forward to meeting other apprentices who have as much motivation and drive as I have, and who want to get something out of this.
“Every workplace is really different so it will be interesting to compare stories and get to know each other.”
The master classes will be held from February 25 to 28 as part of an all-expense paid trip to Melbourne where finalists will be given the chance to eat at a number of award-winning Melbourne restaurants
Finalists will also he given tips from a range of food specialist including chefs Teage Ezard and Leigh Power and the National President of the Australian Culinary Federation Peter Wright.
The winner of the competition will be announced on February 28.