Young chef to represent Tasmania in national culinary final

RICHMOND resident Amy Park is one part of a culinary duo that will represent Tasmania in the national finals of the Australian Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge on the Gold Coast in August.

The Guilford Young College (GYC) students were part of six teams to compete in the ACF Tasmania competition, which was held recently at the Guildford Young College Hobart Campus kitchen.

This was the first time that the ACF competition has been held in Tasmania.

Devonport’s Don College and the host, GYC, each had three teams of two competing in front of three independent industry judges.

After being given 20-minutes to break down a chicken, the students were allowed one hour to prepare, cook and plate four servings of a main course in which chicken was the main protein.

They were judged on correct professional preparation, arrangement and presentation, as well as dish taste and flavours.

The winners, Amy Park and Maddy Stansfield, were also gold medallists.

GYC’s other teams, Jordan Cram/Oliver Thorpe and April Malovnek/Connor Page won silver and bronze medals respectively.

Amy said she was “very excited” about going on to compete in the national finals.

“It is a huge honour to be representing Guilford Young College and Tasmania,” she said.

“This is the first time that Tassie will be represented, so in a way we are acting as pioneers.

“The competition will be tough – Maddy and I will be competing against other students from all states and territories and our cooking will be judged by national judges.”

Amy and Maddy, both now in Year 12 at GYC, have been cooking together since they were Grade 10 students at Mount Carmel College.

They will cook a similar dish to what they cooked in the state final, but the ingredients allowed will be more limited.

“I have never been to the Gold Coast, so the whole thing is going to be so exciting and new – I can’t wait,” Amy said.

For more information about the Australian Culinary Federation, visit http://austculinary.com.au/competitions.

Caption: The Guilford Young College contestants who competed in the ACF Tasmania Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge, from left, Jordan Cram, Maddy Stansfield, Amy Park, Connor Page, April Malovnek and Oliver Thorpe with VET Hospitality teacher Stephen Lunn.