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These chefs can handle the heat

It’s been hot in the kitchens of North Metropolitan TAFE (NMTAFE) recently with chef duos battling it out to win the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat regional qualifier. 

  • NMTAFE graduates 22-year old Nattawat Thiengdee (Sandalford Winery) and 21-year old Te Ananui Heta (Crown Perth) were the overall winners, taking home gold medals.
  • They will compete against the country’s best chef talent in the National Final at Fine Food Australia in Sydney this September. 
  • NMTAFE students Ben Fabris and Ly Vi Thao Train won second place, also taking home gold medals only six months into their apprenticeship.

Nattawat (from Thailand) and Te (from New Zealand) along with the other teams spent months honing their skills at NMTAFE’s Academy of Hospitality and Culinary Arts in Joondalup before the regional qualifier on Sunday 30 June.

Each team had two and half hours to prepare and present three covers of a main and dessert, which incorporated five Nestlé ingredients.

The chefs were judged on personal presentation, the set-up of the work station, hygiene, technical skills, wastage, methods of preparation, time management and service.

“When we were named the winner we were absolutely over the moon, said Nattawat from Quinns Rocks. “It’s something that we’ve been working towards for the last four years and now we have won, we’re working hard to win the final and bring it home for WA.”2019_Nestle_winners_group.jpg

Nattawat and Te will travel to Sydney in September to compete in the National Final where the winning team will scoop a culinary trip of a lifetime to North America worth $15,000.

Director of NMTAFE’s Academy of Hospitality and Culinary Arts Patrick O’Brien said: “The hard work and practice that these guys put into this competition was outstanding and I’m very proud of their achievements.”


About Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat

Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat is Australia’s longest running culinary cooking competition for young chefs.  It offers young chef talent a platform to connect with culinary peers, learn new skills and create amazing dishes.



From L to R: NMTAFE high achievers Ben Fabris, Ly Vi Thao Train, Fe Ananui Heta and Nattawat Thiengdee

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