First published on 23 Jan 2012. Updated on 4 Apr 2012.
The Time Out Taste Test final on April 2 saw six of Sydney's finest apprentice chefs do battle at Uccello, feeding 150 lucky diners a six course tasting menu. The finalists were: Riley Kamsler (Arras), John Javier (Quay), Jessica Chan (Etch), Ryka Johnson (Rockpool), Jack Chapple (Etch) and Michael West (Four in Hand).
Though she was up against some stiff competition, it was first year apprentice Jessica Chan who took home the gong this year, with her dish of twice cooked roast chicken and Autumn vegetables. Michael West came a close second with his dessert of tea and chocolate mousse, tea jelly, biscuits and milk sorbet.
The apprentices competed for over $5000 worth of prizes including a trip to Wellington thanks to Positively Wellington Tourism and Air New Zealand; a selection of the latest cookbooks from Murdoch Books; gift vouchers compliments of Fraser and Hughes; over $1,000 worth of cooking equipment including a fast slow cooker, Kitchen Wizz and more from Breville. Every contestant took away a cider gift bag from Rekorderlig; a Vale Ale beer pack compliments of McLaren Vale beer and a Fraser and Hughes apron.
Diners didn't go away empty handed either - everyone took home a showbag filled with goodies such as Jelly Belly jelllybeans, Whittacker's chocolates, mini Tabasco bottes and wine thanks to Giesen.
Read our interviews with Jessica Chan, Michael West, Riley Kamsler, John Javier, Ryka Johnson and Jack Chapple.