The team has been competing over the past 5 days in 2 categories; they were required to prepare meals following a two-part programme:
‘IKA Buffet’ for 12 people where they won a Bronze Medal.
‘Restaurant of Nations’, a three-course menu for 60 people where they achieved a Gold Medal.
Accompanying the team in various support roles, the ACF fielded The Western Australian Catering Company who competed for the first time in Community Catering, winning a Bronze Medal.
One Gold and two Bronze medals is an awesome achievement that the team have been training for over the past three and a half years. The last Gold Medal was in 2012. The ACF National Youth Team headed off to this international competition on a budget that does not come near to some of the other teams. They have been training as a team as well as individually and even electronically and it all came together when it came down to the line – a Gold Medal.
Shaleeka Ozies, a Nyikina Djugun woman from Derby and Rishaye Shaw, a Wunambal Gaambera woman from Fitzroy Crossing, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, were chosen to accompany the team. It is the first time in the history of this 100-year-old event that young Aboriginal people have been invited to travel with the team and help support them during the competitions.
Shaleeka and Rishaye were selected for this opportunity through Prepare Produce Provide’s ‘Kinjarling Djinda Ngardak’ (KDN) programme. This is a week-long culinary camp for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students which enables them to receive training and mentorship from some of the State’s best chefs. They were chaperoned by Adrian Tobin – Former National Team Member and Dee Hedland, a proud Noongar woman.
Congratulations to our cousins over the ditch.