The first ever Taste of Australia Culinary Competition
‘Masterchef-style’ Australian Culinary Competition was held at GRAIN Cooking Studio on 15 April, 2016. Using premium Australian produce and wine 14 contestants divided into seven teams representing Saigon Tourist Hotel School, KOTO, Á Âu Cooking School and Netspace battled it out for an all-expenses paid week-long training trip to Sydney sponsored by Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School and the William Blue College of Hospitality Management.
Judges included Taste of Australia ambassador and Australian celebrity chef Luke Nguyen, Vietnamese-Australian Masterchef winner Ngo Thanh Hoa and Australian Consul-General Karen Lanyon, as the students battled through three demanding rounds: a skills test, a mystery box challenge and a replication test using premium Australian produce and wine.
At the Taste of Australia Gala Reception on 21 April the winners of the first ever Taste of Australia Culinary Competition were announced to be the team from Á Âu Cooking School – Le Ngoc Hung and Nguyen Thanh Khoan.
The winning team undertook theircareer development session and gained hands on experience in the kitchen at both the BMIHMS at Torrens University Leura Campus and the William Blue campus at The Rocks.
5-star hotels Park Hyatt Saigon and Le Meridien Saigon also sponsored short-term internships in their kitchens for four runners-up.