The West Coast Academy of Hospitality and Tourism continues its dominance

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The West Coast Academy of Hospitality and Tourism has once again proved it has the winning formula after taking out the Australian Culinary Federation’s WA Apprentice of the Year Competition for the third consecutive year. Cherise Minas, a second year apprentice at the Wentworth Plaza Hotel (employed by Hospitality Group Training), was named the WA Apprentice of the Year on Sunday after wowing judges with her flavour combinations and poise under pressure.
“It’s great to see how Cherise has grown into such a promising, capable young chef,” said Academy Director Patrick O’Brien.
“She has come a long way since starting as a school-based apprentice last year and I’m sure she will hold her own on the national stage later in the year.”
Of the 40 finalists who competed in four categories across the day, West Coast Academy students made up 11 of the 15 medallists . Japanese student Hiromi Nakamura took out gold in the Commercial Cookery class in her first cooking competition.
Cherise and the other medal winners will compete at the Australian Culinary Federation’s National Apprentice of the Year Competition in October.
Other medallists from the academy included:
:First Year Apprentice – Jett Alexander (Bronze)
:Second Year Apprentice – Cherise Minas (Gold); Amy Hillen (Silver); Wanda Jansen Van Vuuren (bronze)
:Third Year Apprentice – Natasha Stubbs (Silver); Jack Mullen (Bronze)
:Commercial Cookery – Hiromi Nakamura (Gold); Sapana Karki (Silver); Wafae Berqia (Bronze)
:Overall Apprentice of the Year – Cherise Minas (Gold); Amy Hillen (Bronze)
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