By Nadia Surace
AROUND 50 trainee chefs from high schools across the region are competing in this year’s Murray River Culinary Challenge.
The cooking competition sees Vocational Education and Training (VET) hospitality students go head-to-head to present their best dishes to local chefs for judging.
Successful students in this month’s preliminary round will go on to compete in the competition’s regional finals and possibly the grand final at Echuca next month.
“This is designed to help students and local chefs make links with each other,” GOTAFE Hospitality Commercial Manager, Ross Graham said.
“So many of the students find employment after the competition because the chefs are able to see their talents and abilities. It’s a bit like the ALF draft you could say.
“It’s also about acknowledging skills of the students and presenting a challenge to them.”