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Brendan Woodroffe's main meal that helped him win Silver at the National AusTAFE titles.

Apprentice chef awarded

Apprentice chef awarded

Brendan Woodroffe's main meal that helped him win Silver at the National AusTAFE titles.

Brendan’s silver service a boost for Russia-bound students

TAFE Gippsland hospitality student Brendan Woodroffe has been awarded a silver medal at the National AusTAFE titles in Canberra.

That award follows his recent gold medal at the Victorian titles. 20 year old Brendan from Yinnar South is a second year apprentice, working at Hoggets Kitchen in Warragul.

TAFE Gippsland Culinary Studies teacher, Ms Kellie Fraser, said they are proud of Brendan's national silver medal.

“Brendan had to prepare, cook and serve two meals using various products and to win a silver medal shows he is an outstanding talent,” Ms Fraser said.

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Brendan and fellow TAFE Gippsland apprentice chef Darcy Nichol, from The Royal Standard Hotel in Toora, recently hosted a fundraising BBQ event in Morwell to help get them to Russia next year.

The pair will represent Australia at the World Chef’s Congress & Expo in St Petersburg, joining more then 5000 chefs from 110 association countries at the four-day event.

Just on $1300 was raised at the gourmet barbecue at the Waratah Training Restaurant. Ms Fraser said more than 150 community members attended, enjoying the delicious food, salads and coffee on offer.

“A huge thank you to everyone who came along and to our students for staging a very successful event.”

Ms Fraser said Brendan and fellow second year apprentice chefs are preparing an evening dinner for local residents next week to “showcase their amazing skills in a formal dinner service”.

The three-course dinner will be held at Morwell’s Waratah Training Restaurant on Tuesday 22 October from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Bookings are recommended – call 5622 8532 to reserve a table.

More details on the event can be found on the TAFE Gippsland Facebook page here and the menu and further booking information can be found here.

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