Cafes, Restaurants and Dining in Perth, Western Australia.


Lara Kirby 2017Western Australia’s most promising apprentices, trainees and dedicated hospitality employers were acknowledged at the annual Hospitality Group Training (HGT) Awards held at Perth Arena on Tuesday 31 October.

HGT General Manager, Iain McDougall, said “the HGT Awards highlight the importance of apprentice chefs in the workforce and applaud the efforts of employers who are willing to take on apprentice chefs and launch their careers”.

C Restaurant took out the Employer of the Year Award. C restaurant have been an avid supporter of apprenticeships over the last 5 years hosting 10 up-and-coming chefs during this time. This well deserved award recognises C restaurant’s dedication to training the next generation of chefs.

Recent media attention has focused on the problem of worldwide chef shortages from London to New York and emphasises that a chef career is a guaranteed job anywhere in the world.

HGT PR (74)This year’s ‘Most Outstanding Apprentice’ is Lara Kirby, 19 from Mundaring. Lara was up against 57 fellow candidates and won the John Cox Memorial Trophy.

Iain continued, “HGT employs over 100 apprentices and trainees who are currently working in hospitality venues throughout Perth and regional Western Australia. We want people to know that if they’re deciding on a career path or thinking about a sea-change, hospitality is a great and rewarding career option”.

The Award Winners and their Host Employers.

Most Outstanding 1st Year Apprentice

WINNER: Zachery Tholen – The Shorehouse

Most Outstanding 2nd Year Apprentice

WINNER: Lara Kirby – Sandalford Wines

Most Outstanding Final Year Apprentice

WINNER: Sean Woolford – Hillary’s Yacht Club

School Apprentice of the Year

WINNER: Yasmine Yianni – Voyage Kitchen, Sorrento Beach

School Trainee of the Year

WINNER: Nuraainaa Ramaran – The Brooklands Tavern

School Partnership Award

WINNER: Narrogin Senior High School

Employer of the Year

WINNER: C Restaurant

Quiet Achiever Award

WINNER: Sarah Brunger – The Balmoral Hotel

Ambassador Award

WINNER: Tom Warner – Cantina 663

Most Outstanding Apprentice

WINNER: Lara Kirby – Sandalford Wines

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