Keryn van Kempen from Margate, Queensland wins Fonterra Foodservice Proud to be a Chef 2011
Queensland apprentice chef Keryn van Kempen has made her mark at the Fonterra Foodservice Proud to be a Chef 2011 master classes and won an international culinary scholarship.
Mrs van Kempen stood out from the group of 27 exceptional apprentices from Australia and New Zealand after taking part in two days of master classes hosted by Adrian Richardson La Luna Bistro and Scott Pickett of The Point.
Also recognised for his aptitude was Elliot Pinn from Christchurch, New Zealand who was awarded silver and Chloe Dent from Sydney, New South Wales who was awarded bronze.
Winner Mrs van Kempen was thrilled to be selected from an exceptional pool of 27 budding apprentice chefs and says winning the Fonterra Foodservice Proud to be a Chef program will open up many new doors.
“Having this accolade in my portfolio of achievements will allow me to progress my career once I qualify and enable opportunities to work in highly regarded restaurants,” she says.
“A highlight for me during the two days of master classes was studying the habits of two amazing chefs and observing their passion for food – it all rubs off in a positive way.
“The whole experience has been fantastic, and I am looking forward to learning more as I embark on my scholarship, hopefully meeting more people with the same passion for food.”
Carolyn Plummer, Fonterra Foodservice Proud to be a Chef coordinator, says Fonterra Foodservice Proud to be a Chef is about finding up-and-coming chefs who will one day be the leaders of the foodservice industry.
“Mrs van Kempen was an absolute standout, a leader who will represent apprentice chefs and our Australian food industry well when she travels overseas,” she says.
“Mrs van Kempen is a very passionate and humble young woman who displayed the focus, efficiency and attention-to-detail of a seasoned professional.
“She’s very clear about what she wants and where she’s going and we are very proud to offer her the chance to see a little more of what the world’s food industry has to offer.
“Our Fonterra Foodservice Proud to be a Chef program is very close to our hearts at Fonterra and we are very pleased to be able to invest in apprentice chefs for the twelfth consecutive year as they are the future of our industry,” says Ms Plummer.