Budding chef Josh Streater of Footscray (second from left), was part of a team of three Kangan Institute apprentices to snag bronze medals at the VIC TAFE Cookery Challenge.

    Organised by Club Chef and held at Holmesglen Institute, the 26 June event aimed to promote excellence within Victoria’s cookery student community and featured teams of apprentices representing various Victorian TAFEs. The competition involved working as a team to design and produce three courses using a mystery box of ingredients amidst strict time-frames. Team Kangan Institute created a smoked duck breast salad entrée, accompanied with an oven-baked flounder for mains and topped with a honey apple mousse dessert.

    Josh said the competition served as a good personal challenge.

    “It was a good test of my knowledge and skills,” said the 21-year-old, whose future goals include working overseas and improving his skills.

    Kangan Institute CEO Phil Murphy congratulated the apprentices on their achievements.

    “The annual VIC TAFE Cookery Challenge provides students with a chance to immerse in a competition environment and gain valuable experience and practical skills,” he said.

    “Our apprentices’ award win is testament to their incredible talent and hard work, as well as the great support and guidance from the teachers and mentors at Kangan Institute.”

    Josh currently works as an apprentice at Boatbuilders Yard in South Wharf and is completing the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (SIT30816) at Kangan Institute. He was joined by fellow apprentices Caitlyn Delaney and Stefan Jovanchevski in the competition.

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