Hospitality VET teacher on fast-track to national recognition

CAMBRIDGE resident and internationally travelled and awarded chef Stephen Lunn has snagged the title of Tasmanian Vocational Education and Training (VET) Teacher of the Year at the recent Tasmanian Training Awards.

Conducted annually by Skills Tasmania, the Tasmanian Training Awards are the peak state awards for VET, recognising the achievement of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, employers, small businesses and training organisations for their contributions to their respective industries.

Mr Lunn was announced the winner of the VET teacher/trainer category from a pool of eight finalists at the awards presentation held at Wrest Point on 28 August.

An active participant in the culinary scene for 30-years, Mr Lunn has worked as a chef throughout Australia and Europe, winning numerous awards, including the Gold Award at the Ireland International Salon Culinarie.

He is currently president of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Culinary Federation and works at Guilford Young College (GYC) as the lead VET hospitality teacher.

Mr Lunn said it was exciting to have been named the winner, although the announcement came as “a bit of a shock.”

“I was up against seven other very high calibre VET teachers, so it was very tough competition,” he said.

“All the finalists are winners in their own right and I think these awards do a great job of recognising trainers, teachers and business for all their hard work.

“Although this is an individual award, I couldn’t have won it without the support of my family and all those at Guilford Young College.

“They have provided me with invaluable support and given me the opportunity to grow into an award-winning VET hospitality teacher.”

As the category winner, Mr Lunn will now go on to compete against other states and territories for the title of Australian VET Teacher of the Year in the Australian Training Awards, to be held in Hobart on Thursday 19 November.

Mr Lunn said he was pleased the event was being held locally and planned to “just go for it.”

“I’ve come this far, so I’m definitely out to win – I just need to let my career and achievements do the ‘talking’,” he said.

In addition to teaching at GYC, Mr Lunn runs his own cooking school, Chefaholic Cooking School at Cambridge.

For more information or to make a booking, go to www.chefaholiccookingschool.com or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chefaholic.cooking.school.

For further information about the Tasmanian Training Awards, go to www.skills.tas.gov.au/trainingawards.