Twin Towns Banquet Chef George Jefferies won gold at the first Australian Culinary Challenge Regional Competition staged in conjunction with industry expo Fine Foods Queensland at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Jefferies, 24, had an hour to prepare his competition dish – Roasted spinach-filled lamb cutlet, buttered vegetables, two purees of citrus pea and parsnip, and port and cranberry jus.
George said he never expected to win but was sure the tips and advice offered by Executive Chef Kim Chilcott helped him bring home the Gold.
“Kim’s judged competitions like this in the past and gave me an idea of what the judges might be looking for and what to expect,” said George.
“Naturally, there were things on the day I thought could have gone differently, but I suppose the same would have been said by everyone who competed. It’s a pressure test. Nothing ever goes exactly as you planned.”
“It was a few days before we found out the results, but the comments I took away with me on the day were about how calm I’d looked through it all,” said George.
George enjoys the competition atmosphere and hopes his latest win won’t be the last.
“It’s just completely different. I like to think it keeps me on my toes,” said George.
Food and Beverage Manager Paul Stewart said he wasn’t surprised George won Gold at the Awards.
“George is one of the talented team of ‘young guns’ at Twin Towns that are taking the Club’s banquets and weddings menus to an exciting new level.
“Their creativity and imaginations are continually fuelled by the abundance of quality ingredients and fresh produce they have available in our large and well-stocked kitchens.
“We encourage our chefs to experiment with new dishes and styles of cooking. Whatever they dream, they can experiment, create and excel,” said Paul.
Paul added that many young local chefs aspire to work at Twin Towns because of the opportunities it presents.
“Being mentored by one of Australia’s most highly regarded chefs, Kim Chilcott, and working in an environment that fosters a culture of creativity. It ticks all the boxes for up-and-coming chefs. But we only take the best and it’s chefs like George who are setting the bar high for banquet and event catering at Twin Towns,” said Paul.
George’s award-winning dish will be included on the club’s already-impressive banquet menu, which is available for special events and weddings at Twin Towns.
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