Be passionate about the job, stick with a good employer and show your individuality. That’s the advice for young chefs from industry veteran Peter Gilmore.
“For me, cooking is a great creative outlet. It always has been something that I’m incredibly passionate about. I love the idea of being able to create something that gives people joy,” says Gilmore.
Alongside passion, ambitious young chefs should also avoid switching jobs too often.
“You probably get more out of a job if you actually stick with an employer,” says Gilmore. “Once you find someone you’re really happy with, spend some time there and you’re going to get the most out of it. Otherwise, I think you’ll find that you just get put on larder everywhere you go.”
As one of the judges of the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards, Gilmore says he is looking to see some individuality from this year’s entrants.
“A sense of not just following the latest trends, but actually reaching deep into their own backgrounds to create something that is meaningful for them, and then have that translated into something that is special for us [judges] to experience,” he says.
The Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Young Chef program has evolved into the country’s most respected awards program for young talent.
Applications for this year’s competition close on Monday, April 3.
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