Apprentice headed to Paris following industry award
Holmesglen commercial cookery apprentice, Kasae Fraser has received the 2017 Shared Tables Thierry Marx Career Development Award.
The accolade marks the second consecutive year a Holmesglen student has been presented with the esteemed industry honour, following Simon Barton's 2016 award.
Kasae was given the winning title for her two dishes, which included a main course that featured offal and a dessert entitled, 'Nana's Apple Pie'.
She will now spend three weeks in France, including a training opportunity under the guidance of Thierry Marx at Paris's Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
"It is going to be such a great base point for me to work in a Michelin starred restaurant, and get a foot in the door to Europe," Kasae said.
The first-prize also includes work experience at Le Cordon Bleu's Paris Institute, full accommodation, a scholarship (valued at $5,000 AUD), and a small travel and leisure allowance.
"The trip is going to be about gaining experience, and experiencing [Paris's] theory towards food. Every kitchen is different. I want to see not only what the world has to offer me but what I can offer the world in a culinary sense," Kasae said.
Kasae's passions have led her to an apprenticeship with Eltham's Mercer Restaurant. She was drawn to cooking after working in a front-of-house role and completing a sommelier course. The joy of matching food and wine, and seeing how restaurants work, inspired her to make the move into the kitchen. Since starting at Holmesglen, her creativity and motivation have grown.
"I've had so much help from the chefs and teachers at Holmesglen, as well as my boss at the restaurant. The level of enthusiasm they have given to me and the level of commitment they've shown by letting me use the kitchens and ordering new produce has been amazing."
The awards ceremony was held at Holmesglen's Moorabbin student restaurant, Cilantro.