Teen’s simmering passion

Jameel David has a quiet and unassuming confidence that is well beyond his years, according to Duxton Hotel executive chef Aaron Burrows.
Jameel David has a quiet and unassuming confidence that is well beyond his years, according to Duxton Hotel executive chef Aaron Burrows.

The Rossmoyne Senior High School student said he had big plans for opening his own restaurant in the future.

‘After I complete my apprenticeship with the Duxton, I want to complete the Certificate IV program and then head overseas,’ he said.

‘I want to expose myself to as many different cuisines and cultures as possible so that I can come back here and use everything I have learned to open my own restaurant.’

Jameel said going from a school environment to an adult workplace with experienced chefs helped him mature and learn what it took to be a professional chef.

‘I was excited about the prospect of completing 550 hours of work experience in a real commercial kitchen ” that’s not something many people get to do,’ he said.

The Wilson resident received his placement though the pre-apprenticeship in schools program at Polytechnic West in Bentley.

Duxton Hotel executive chef Aaron Burrows said he saw the making of a chef in Jameel ” thanks to his ability to multi-task and pay attention to detail.

‘Jameel handles the time-based pressures of a busy kitchen very well,’ he said. ‘He holds a quiet and unassuming confidence that is well beyond his years.’