Masters’ apprentice

Daily Planet Cafe chef and Leeming resident Josh Skipworth [NAME OK]
Daily Planet Cafe chef and Leeming resident Josh Skipworth [NAME OK]

The Leeming resident (25) ” who recently finished as an apprentice chef at Daily Planet in Mt Lawley” has just returned from Melbourne where he impressed in master classes with some of Australia’s best chefs.

Selected as one of 32 finalists from Australia and New Zealand ” and one of three West Australians ” he won a trip to Victoria to learn from head chef of Gingerboy, one of Melbourne’s best restaurants and other industry leaders.

To become a finalist, Skipworth had to impress the judges with an original creation using Fonterra products.

While in Melbourne, he again put his cooking skills to the test and was judged second best by some of Australia’s best chefs.

President of the Australian Culinary Federation and judge Peter Wright said Skipworth was a standout performer.

‘He has the swagger of a chef,’ he said. ‘He was mature and a real leader with exceptional cooking skills.’

He described the trip as an experience of a lifetime.

‘The whole experience was great. It is humbling to meet and work with some of Australia’s top chefs who treat you as one of their own,’ he said.

Skipworth will start as a chef at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant on William Street next week.