BAYSWATER commis chef Hudson Stokes has scored national recognition in Australia’s longest running culinary competition.
The 23-year-old, along with teammate Lara Kirby, cooked his way into the grand final of the 2017 Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Award, which will be held in Sydney in September in front of a live audience.
The duo produced a gold-winning menu that included a standout main course of pistachio crumbed sous vide lamb back-strap, vanilla carrot puree, lamb and mushroom tortellini, and green beans with a lamb jus.
Kirby said the pair was excited to be representing WA at the national final in September.
“It was a great experience and a huge relief to know that we had won,” she said.
“I’m also so proud of Hudson he nailed his first cooking competition.
“I feel that we could be the next winners as we’re open to new innovative ideas and are focused on gaining knowledge and experience.
“We’ll certainly be training hard to put in our best effort for the final.”
Stokes and Kirby secured themselves an all expenses paid trip to the national final in Sydney this September, where they will battle it out in front of a live audience in purpose built kitchens at Fine Food Australia.
This year’s national champions will be awarded a once in a lifetime culinary trip to Vietnam.