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​A talented team of young apprentices from Hunter TAFE took out the State Trophy for the fifth consecutive year at the annual TAFE NSW Johnson’s Club Chef Apprentice Cookery Competition.
The annual competition is held at Ultimo Campus each year, bringing teams of commercial cookery apprentices from institutes across the state together to compete in categories of best entrée, best main course, best dessert and the overall State Trophy.
The competition aims to promote excellence within the industry by allowing apprentices to develop and improve their skills, and it provides different TAFE Institutes with the opportunity to work together for the benefit of both students and the broader industry.
The Hunter’s apprentice team included four apprentices currently training with Hunter TAFE: Nele Sadler employed by Subo (Newcastle), Toby Raley employed by Bombini (Avoca), Kyle Feneley employed by Hunter Quarter (Hunter Valley), and Daniel Snedden employed by Circa 1876 (Hunter Valley).  
The team won Best Main Course, a Gold medal in points for the competition, and were named the outright winners of the State Trophy for the fifth time.
Bombini’s Toby Raley also received an encouragement award for his professionalism throughout the competition.
Hunter TAFE Commercial Cookery Teacher, Shawn Jeffery coached and managed the Hunter TAFE team of apprentices to victory again in 2016 and said their performance on the day showed the skill and dedication to developing their skills.
“Hunter TAFE Commercial Cookery students performed brilliantly in the inaugural State Cookery Competition. The Team went above and beyond their call of duty and are all very proud to have the opportunity to represent Hunter Institute of TAFE,” said Mr Jeffery.
The TAFE NSW Johnson’s Club Chef Apprentice Cookery Competition is an annual event that attracts apprentices enrolled in Certificate III or Certificate IV Hospitality – Commercial Cookery students across New South Wales.

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