The Proud to be a Chef program recognises, develops and supports apprentice chefs to become the culinary leaders of tomorrow.
Investing in the foodservice industry at a grass roots level assists in the continuous improvement and development of culinary standards and professionalism in Australia.
Each year, Anchor™ Food Professionals provide the opportunity for 32 aspiring, young apprentice chefs to embark on a remarkable culinary experience. In February 2021, finalists will fly to Melbourne for a 4-day food adventure, introducing apprentices to a series of extraordinary dining experiences and trips to some of Australia’s most famous food inspired locations.
Proud to be a Chef is a diverse and fast-paced mentoring programme led by 3 inspirational, Australian mentors. Previous guests and mentors have included Lisa Van Zanten, Adrian Richardson, Shannon Martinez, Christy Tania, Scott Pickett, Charlie Carrington, Frank Camora, Tony Twitchett, Anna Polyviou, Teague Ezard, Josh Pelham, Darren Purchese, Adam D’Sylva and more.
Over 600 apprentice chefs have participated in the Proud to be a Chef program since it's commencement in 1996. At the conclusion of the program each year, the judges and masterchefs select one apprentice to award a culinary scholarship for their demonstrated commitment to their profession and their passion for food. Past recipients include:
Our goal is to Encourage, Reward and Recognise future culinary leaders in foodservice.
Mark is currently an Executive Chef Consultant in Australia, Asia and beyond with key roles as Wagyu Beef ambassador for the Gifu prefecture of Japan, Yuzu ambassador for Kochi Japan, Executive chef for Tune Hotel Group Malaysia and Executive Chef for the Royal Melbourne show 2019. His career highlights to date have been hosting food and culture tours to Japan, India, Vietnam Cambodia and Sri Lanka and working alongside the original Iron Chefs of Japan.
Telina first dipped her toes into the culinary world when she took an apprenticeship at the Hyatt Regency Perth in 2005. Since this point, she was hooked. Her career spans across multiple roles from Chef de Cuisine at Perth Exhibition Centre to Head Function Chef at a renowned UK catering company; National Executive Chef for Publican Group Australia to her current position as Executive Chef and Business Development Manager of Food Operations for Australian Venue Co. At Australian Venue Co, Telina mentors and trains a talented team of chefs across 15 iconic Melbourne pubs while also managing innovative and creative menu solutions for new venue projects, off-site activations, and pop-ups. Telina is always determined to raise the bar and push the boundaries when it comes to the menus she creates and the food she cooks.
Working as an Executive pastry chef and consultant, Michael Germanos has created some of Melbourne’s most beautiful entremets and petit gateau. His passion for French pastry led him to study in Paris, France where he was able to expand his knowledge and master his craft. He has had the opportunity to work and learn from some of the biggest names in the world, which has allowed him to constantly push the bar with his pastry creations. Michael is extremely passionate about his work and is constantly striving to provide clean, sharp and efficient desserts with an emphasis on top quality ingredients and flavour.
32 finalists from across Australia will participate in an all expenses paid, 4 day culinary journey in February 2021.
Apprentice chefs that are passionate about food, are committed to the foodservice industry and love to learn and try new experiences should enter the program.
To complete your application, you’ll need create an original recipe and tell us why you are passionate about food and cookery, where you would like your apprenticeship to take you and what you are hoping to get out of the mentoring program.
Applications open Sunday 7 November 2021.
Being selected as one of 32 finalists is an exceptional prize, and one standout apprentice is crowned the winner of the Proud to be a Chef event, winning an International Culinary Scholarship tailored to their individual aspirations as a professional chef.
Two additional winners will also be announced for their outstanding achievements.
Hear what some of our past finalists have to say about the Proud to be a Chef program