Top apprentice has healthy ambition

Leanne Coyte accepts her award from HGT board member Lyndon Waples.
Leanne Coyte accepts her award from HGT board member Lyndon Waples.

The 28-year-old is in the final stages of her three-year apprenticeship and was recently named Most Outstanding 2nd Year Apprentice at the 2014 Hospitality Group Training Awards.

Ms Coyte was nominated by her employer, The Classroom in North Perth, and has also worked at Scarborough’s Matisse Beach Club since April, in food preparation and service.

‘I really enjoy being in the kitchen,’ she said.

‘It (the apprenticeship) feels like a long time at the start, but now it’s gone so quickly, I look back now and see how much I’ve learnt.’

Ms Coyte has spent the past six months working on plans for her new health coaching business and hopes to launch it within months.

‘I’m incorporating the skills I learnt as a chef into health coaching,’ she said.

‘I will work one-on-one with |people in the kitchen to show them how to prepare healthy meals.’

Other winners at the HGT Awards were Butler resident Alexandra Simes, who was awarded Most Improved Apprentice for her work at The Breakwater in Hillarys, and Margaret Johnson, of Lockridge, who also works at The Breakwater, won the Quiet Achiever Award.