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Gold Chef Girl Teams Dominate Culinary Final Line-Up

The Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF’S HAT AWARD regional heats are wrapped and aside from the most teams from the most regions around Australia entering into the 2016 Award, six of ten finalist teams are talented all-girl duos – the biggest female chef team representation in the history of Australia’s longest running culinary competition for young chefs.

Going for Gold

What’s more 60% of the teams have achieved gold medals to secure finalist places, ensuring that the culinary arena will be heating up at Fine Food in Melbourne next month when the ten teams battle it out in front of a live audience.

Hungry for More

The 2016 line-up will also see some familiar faces back to cook their hearts out for the national winners title, including team Northern Territory sisters Ryleigh Hunt and Jenita Hunt, New South Wales chef Adelene Stahnke and Western Australia chef Cherise Davids.

Cherise Davids, who is no stranger to the competitive culinary scene with an Apprentice of the Year Award and Junior Culinary Olympics under her belt said, “This is my sixth time competing in the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award and it’s hands down my favourite culinary competition, you learn so much from the chef mentors and it’s a great opportunity to connect with other chefs at your level.”

Ryleigh Hunt says using the advantage of being sisters and knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses allowed them to take the NT win, “We work really well together, it’s pretty good because if I get frustrated Jenita can jump in and get the job done and I can do the same for her.”

Newcomer all-girl national finalists from South Australia, Abbey Wendland and Mahlet Girma said, “We went into this competition to have some fun, not expecting a win and we’re just so shocked and happy that we have walked away with a gold medal and a place in the national final.”

This year’s national winning team will be awarded what promises to be a career kick-starting culinary trip to North America.

2016 Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF’S HAT AWARD National Finalists:

NSW Regional: Billy Fox & Adriana Manfredi, The Sage Hotel Wollongong

QLD Metro: George Jefferies (Twin Towns Services Club) & Teri Jorgensen (Tweed Heads Bowls Club)

QLD Regional: Cloe Buckley & Ashleigh Otto, Pullman Cairns International

NSW Metro: Adelene Stahnke (Bang Street Food) & Catalina Rodriguez (Papi Chulo Restaurant)

South Australia: Abbey Wendland & Mahlet Girma (Adelaide Oval)

Victoria: Bridget Botcher (Koko’s Crown Melbourne) & Kimberly Tang (No. 8 Crown Melbourne)

Australian Capital Territory: Bradley Howden & Nathan Barker (Canberra Southern Cross Club)

Western Australia: Cherise Davids (Royal on the Waterfront) & Angela Fairfield (Modo Mio, Crown Perth)

Northern Territory: Ryleigh Hunt &  Jenita Hunt, Berry Springs Tavern

Tasmania: Hugh Walters & Emily Hanson (Wrest Point Casino)