Team SA 2017 National Winners Mahlet Girma and Abbey Wendland

The powerhouse-pair from SA proved they have the recipe for success by cooking up a standout menu at the national finals of this year’s Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award, at Fine Food Australia in front of a record-breaking crowd.

Abbey and Mahlet produced a standout gold medal dessert course of apple and rhubarb mousse, salted crumb with grapefruit curd and poached thyme pear.

Making it to the top-ten finalist teams of Australia’s young culinary talent, Abbey and Mahlet proved to have the winning combination.

“We seriously can’t believe this, we’ve won, again! We worked so well together, everything went smoothly and the kitchens and equipment this year were next level! This is such a great competition, from the people you meet along the way to the skills you walk away with, it’s awesome.”

Abbey and Mahlet have secured themselves a once in a lifetime culinary trip to Vietnam.
Executive Chef at Nestlé Professional, Mark Clayton said, “The competition was fierce this year, to secure a spot in the national finals, over 290 young chefs put their cooking skills to the test. And, year on year, we’re impressed with what the competitor’s bring to the plate, it’s truly inspiring.”

For 52 years in a row, Nestlé Professional has supported young chefs to develop their cooking skills and kick-start their culinary careers with the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award.

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