Sweet taste of success

Chef Michael Hull is hoping his win in the kitchen is no flash in the pan. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d399850
Chef Michael Hull is hoping his win in the kitchen is no flash in the pan. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d399850

The Crown Perth banquet commis chef, alongside five other WA chefs, had 30 minutes to consider a surprise ‘black box’ of ingredients and write a menu, three hours to plate a three-course meal and then a nerve-racking wait for the judges to announce the result.

‘I thought I had a good chance,’ the 23-year-old said. ‘But waiting 45 minutes for the answer ” that part sucked.

‘The dessert was the part I was the least confident about, but they said it was hands down the best thing they’d tasted that day.’

In the end, it turned out to be Hull’s meal ticket, winning him a cash prize and a trip to Queensland to compete in the national final.

‘I can’t remember much else, just trying to get over the shock of winning,’ he said.

If he wins in June, he will travel to Istanbul for the international contest.

He is spending the time practising new ways of plating, with a focus on desserts.

La Cha�ne des R�tisseurs is an international gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1950, with 25,000-plus members in more than 70 countries.

It aims to bring professional and non-professional members together to celebrate their passion for fine cuisines and wines.