YOUNG Pearsall chef Cherise Davids has won several national awards in the lead up to an international culinary competition.
The 23-year-old, who works at The Royal on the Waterfront, and teammate Angela Fairfield, an apprentice chef at Modo Mio, won three bronze medals at the national Golden Chef’s Hat Award in Melbourne last month.
The duo competed in front of an audience against the best young chefs from around Australia, producing three award-winning courses.
Mrs Davids said she was pleased with the results, especially given they were also busily preparing for the International Exhibition of Culinary Art, known as the Culinary Olympics, in Germany on October 22.
“For the time we had, we did pretty well,” she said.
“I’m still happy with how we did and we will learn from it.
“This year was a lot of fun but definitely a challenge.”
Both women are part of a team of 10 chefs heading to Germany for the competition against more than 50 other countries.
Mrs Davids attended the last Culinary Olympics in 2012 and was eager to return.
“I’m excited, it’s good to go back,” she said.
“It’s definitely stressful but once you’re in there you don’t really think about it, you go into your own little world.”