By Annette Shailer

Fonterra Foodservices has announced that entries are now open for the Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef 2011 initiative for apprentices across Australia and New Zealand.

Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef is designed to publicly recognise and reward the dedication and commitment of apprentice chefs, giving 24 apprentices the opportunity to participate in master classes conducted by highly-acclaimed world leading chefs.

One participating apprentice will receive the major prize of an international culinary scholarship.

Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be Chef co-ordinator, Carolyn Plummer, said there was strong support from the industry for the program.

“Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef provides apprentice chefs with a unique opportunity outside of their normal working environment to learn and be inspired, and work closely with some of the world’s leading chefs,” she said.

“We are proud to support the best and brightest Australian and New Zealand apprentice chefs, to nurture their passion in this unique program, which is now in its 12th year.”

Last year’s winner, Kate Ager, received the major prize – an international placement with acclaimed chef Eric Teo at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Singapore.

Entries are now open, with the 24 successful applicants set to participate in the Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef 2011 mentoring program in Melbourne from March 1 to 4 March 2011.

To enter, visit

Entries close October 31.

The Shout Team

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