JADE Hugi-Ferguson is about to raise the heat at the 2016 Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany.
The 20-year-old, who works at My Fit Cafe in Currambine, is excited to fulfil one of her biggest dreams, which happens to be the biggest cook-off in the world.
The Australian Culinary Federation (ACF) selected Ferguson to join Australia’s National Youth Culinary Team, which will compete against 24 teams from around the world later this month.
“I’m really looking forward to the Olympics,” she said.
“I have heard so much about things like the opening ceremony and I can’t wait to walk in behind the Aussie flag; what an opportunity.”
The team has been selected from junior chefs throughout WA and since August 2015 they have been working 70 hours a week while also being required to give up many hours of personal time to achieve the highest standard possible.
On September 5, the team hosted a fundraising dinner for more than 240 people at Fraser’s Restaurant in Kings Park.
The menu included cured and poached smoked salmon, WA lamb and a baked chocolate tart with fresh berries and sorbet.
ACF WA president Patrick O’Brien selects and trains members of Australia’s National Youth Culinary Team and has been the team manager since 2002.
Under O’Brien, the team competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics achieving gold and silver medals on both occasions, and being respectively placed sixth and seventh in the world.
“When you see the look on their faces going to collect their medals, it’s priceless,” he said.
“I have explained to the team that I would like to win two gold this time. Well, an old man can still dream.”