RISING young chefs Jason Scott from South Yunderup and Hayden Bilton from Greenfields won gold medals in the 2016 Nestles Golden Chef’s Hat Award.
Scott works at Sandalford and Bilton at Mandurah’s Red Manna Restaurant.
But the winning team, who will represent WA in the national finals in Melbourne in September, was Pearsall’s Cherise Davids (23) and Leeming’s Angela Fairfield (20).
Davids (chef de partie at Royal on the Waterfront) and Fairfield (apprentice chef at Modo Mio, Crown Perth) out-cooked some of the region’s best young chefs, cementing their place in Australia’s longest running culinary competition.
Culinary Federation Competition director Deb Foreman said the standard was high: “the regional heat saw seven teams achieve gold, higher than at any other regional cook-off this year – but Davids and Fairfield delivered the best dishes on the day.
“We applaud all the young chefs who competed.
“Putting yourself up to be judged on your culinary talent amongst your peers is tough and we know they will all take a lot from the experience of competing, in honing their skills and gaining more knowledge.”