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Adelaide Oval apprentice chef through to national finals of Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Award

Adelaide Oval’s apprentice chefs have dominated the South Australian heat of Australia’s most prestigious competition for young chefs – the Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Award.

Flynn Hawksworth was awarded the day’s highest score, becoming state champion and taking home a silver medal. He will go on to represent South Australia at the national competition in Melbourne this September.

Amity Lobb also received a silver medal, while Kaylia Bonython and Jessica Boda were awarded bronze medals. Owen Prayong and Joseph O’Leary received participation awards, bringing Adelaide Oval’s competitive presence to a total of six out of 14 entrants.

“We’re immensely proud of Flynn and the entire Adelaide Oval culinary team for their performance in the kitchen and their ongoing commitment to quality, teamwork and skills development,” said Adelaide Oval Executive Chef Philip Pope.

“Flynn’s winning dishes were packed with flavour and showcased his ability to produce delicious dishes under pressure – something our award-winning team does every day at Adelaide Oval.”

Adelaide Oval’s leading apprenticeship program sees 10 apprentices mentored across the stadium’s kitchens, grounds and more.

“Our senior team was integral in helping these young chefs prepare for the competition, assisting with menu development and providing feedback after practice tastings to ensure our apprentices were fully prepared and confident heading into the big day,” Chef Pope said.

“We are very passionate about our apprenticeship program – it’s the key to the continued success of Adelaide Oval and our global reputation for excellence.”

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