Two apprentice chefs win UK scholarship to St John
Two William Angliss Institute apprentices have won scholarships for an international work experience opportunity at Fergus Henderson’s St John Restaurant in London.Third-year apprentices Alex Reddrop-Birchmore and Lachlan Maddigan were selected as joint winners.
As ambassador for the scholarship on behalf of the William Angliss Institute Foundation, head chef at The European, Ian Curley selected the winners from a strong shortlist of four finalists.
The application process included a written application, interview and a day cooking with Ian Curley at The European.
Ian said he was impressed by the skill level of all of the apprentices and he selected these apprentices based on their outstanding skills and professional attitudes. “We decided both these chefs deserved the opportunity to go to London. Alex and Lachlan both have skill levels which offer an advantage to both William Angliss Institute and St John,” Ian said.
Working in Ballarat at Craig’s Royal Hotel and at The European one day a week, Alex said it was a huge honour to be selected to win the scholarship to go overseas and work in a world-class establishment. “My future plans are to finish my apprenticeship and go overseas and work for a while, so I will make the most of this opportunity to gain as much knowledge and experience as I can,” Alex said.
As an apprentice at Fatto Bar & Cantina, Lachlan said winning the scholarship meant the world to him, especially experiencing the world of food in London at such a young age. “After I complete my qualification, next year I plan to begin my traveling journey learning the culinary arts throughout Europe, North & South America and Asia. I want to bring back what I learn on my travels and hopefully excite the taste buds of our country and the world.
The winners will cook with Fergus Henderson for one month in the second half of 2016.
William Angliss Institute Manager for food trades and culinary arts, Mark Agius said the Institute worked hard to provide world class opportunities for its apprentices. “With our strong industry links we are able to offer students first-hand industry training opportunities. This international scholarship offers these two promising apprentices an opportunity to have exposure to an iconic restaurant and kickstart their careers,” Mark said.
The scholarship is provided by the William Angliss Institute Foundation which provides educational opportunities and financial assistance to support disadvantaged students in achieving their career ambitions.