First published on 26 Mar 2013. Updated on 26 Mar 2013.
And it’s a wrap, folks. The 2013 Time Out Taste Test is done and dusted. Sydney’s brightest young apprentices battled it out over seven courses while a room of dedicated food fans cast their votes.
“Every year, I see dozens of apprentices come through this competition. And every year the level of talent blows my mind,” said Time Out’s Chief Food and Drink Critic and co-organiser of the event, Myffy Rigby. “Just when you think these young chefs are peaking, someone comes along and kicks it up another notch.”
It was John Javier of Momofuku Seiobo
who took home the gong this year. Aside from being incredibly embarrassed when his mum jumped up and smooched him in front of the room, he also took home an amazing set of prizes.
Javier will be jetting off to Singapore thanks to Your Singapore where he’ll be touring the markets and hawker stalls of the city, and staging in some of Singapore’s best restaurants. He also took home a beautiful selection of cookbooks from Murdoch, a new apron and $150 gift voucher from the kind folks at Fraser and Hughes
, a Mixer Pro from Breville and a SodaStream and mix pack.
Oliver Hua, who recently joined the crew at est.
was this year’s runner up, bagging a fair whack of prizes himself. He went home with a Shun premium chef’s knife and a stick blender from Breville; a Sodastream and flavour pack, a new apron and a $100 voucher from Fraser and Hughes. Every apprentice got to take home a four pack of Apple Thief cider.
“Each contestant has battled from the initial recipe writing through to cooking in each of their respective heats, to getting through to the final,” says Rigby. “This is no mean feat. Don’t let Masterchef or My Kitchen Rules fool you: being a chef at any level is incredibly hard and dirty work. But it’s also incredibly rewarding when you can stand up and showcase a dish of your own devising to a room of 130 diners.”
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