GippsTAFE 1st Year Apprentice takes out AUSTAFE State Cookery title

Jacob Hoskin
The state championship finals for the AUSTAFE Cookery Challenge 2011 have just been held at the University of Victoria in Melbourne on Tuesday 27th September. GippsTAFE students Jacob Hoskin, Mathew Panasewycz and Matthew Cooper participated in the challenge, competing against apprentices from across the state, including the Crown Culinarium and the Culinary Academy Sofitel.  

The students performed exceptionally and had a great deal of support from their teachers in the hospitality department and their employers.

Well done to Mathew Panasewycz from the Warragul Country club, who gained a certificate of participation in the second year category and Matthew Cooper from the Ritz in Traralgon who won a Bronze Medal for the First Year category.

Jacob Hoskin  who is a first year apprentice has taken out 3 awards, not only defeating challengers in his category level, but also beating second year and third year apprentices to win the overall title in Victoria. Jacob is currently enrolled in the Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) at GippsTAFE and is completing his apprenticeship at Neilson’s restaurant in Traralgon.

Jacob won a gold medal in the category of ‘First Year Apprentice’, ‘Best Victorian First Year Apprentice Overall’ and “Best Victorian Apprentice” state champion for the entire event.

 Jacob will now travel to Darwin to compete in the National Championships.

A special mention needs to be made for Mr Trevor Perkins, who is the executive chef of Maryvale Private Hospital. Trevor has donated his time and energy in mentoring and supporting these students in the lead up to and on the day of, the championships. 

Well done to all the apprentices who competed in the state finals and a big congratulations and good luck to Jacob Hoskin who will now go nationals in October.