Apprenticeship Countdown – 0 days to go

It’s the night before my new apprenticeship at Crown Melbourne!

On Friday I went to pre-induction, to be fitted for my new uniform and to get my ID photo taken (always an awkward moment for me). I bumped into R, who I’d met during the interview process. R is a girl in her early twenties who has way more experience than I have in the kitchen. When I’d met her we’d had a giggle, and I admired how calm she seemed during the cook (a part of our interview). I was hoping that we’d both make it through the group interviews – and we did!

With pre-induction done, a million forms filled out and a friend made, I’m super excited to get to the actual food part. We will be rotated through various restaurants on a six-monthly basis.  For my first assignment, I will be working at Mesh Seafood Buffet.

I’m stoked. It’s a lovely casual dining outlet that caters to seafood lovers. Now I’ve never been a seafood lover. I find the insect-like features to be creepy. But as I’ve grown up I’ve challenged myself to eat foods that, as a very fussy child, I had refused to try. So I’ve started eating prawns and oysters and, my god, I’ve been missing out. Because of the fussy eating and the insect-phobia, I haven’t really adventured into the world of seafood properly – this is the perfect opportunity for me to learn! I’m thinking that the next six months might have a lot of seafood related posts.

Well, that’s it for this post. I need to get a good night’s sleep before day one of induction. Wish me luck for my first day! 

 

 

Applying for a Chef Apprenticeship

Over the last few months, I have been interviewing for an apprentice chef position with a particularly exciting company in Melbourne, Crown. If you’re from Melbourne you’ll be familiar with Crown. From their website: “Crown Melbourne is a large integrated resort and has Australia’s largest casino, three hotels, function rooms, award winning restaurants and world-class shopping and entertainment facilities.”

The apprenticeship includes six-month rotations at different world-class restaurants. It also includes paid training in a fully equipped apprentice’s kitchen and restaurant. The opportunity to work under world-class chefs is like no other in Melbourne. The apprenticeship is fully recognised in Australia and after three years you receive a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.

I’ve been lucky enough to get through three rounds of interviews. The first round was a phone interview where I got to chat about my experiences and my motivation. The second round was a group interview at Crown. We were taken on a tour of the impressive staff facilities at Crown, including the free staff restaurant, free uniforms and dry cleaning and a super discounted gym. After our tour, we were taken to the Culinarium. This is Crown Colleges very own training restaurant. Here, we were given a demonstration. Our French, award-winning instructor, cooked a fish dish with a fennel citrus salad, asparagus and potato and dill salad. Yum!

Then we, the aspiring chefs, had to recreate the dish from memory. It was really fun. My dish was decent and the amount I learned in that interview was incredible. It made me want the position more. Also, I got to eat the food!

After this interview, I was instructed to provide references and had to pass police background checks. I expected these to take a while as I needed to pass a United States police check which can take up to six weeks. To my surprise, about two weeks after the round two interview, Crown called to offer me an apprenticeship. 

I’ll be sad to leave my previous apprenticeship, but know I have so much to learn at Crown. I’m excited to dive into this new apprenticeship and know I’ll have a lot to write about.

Please note: This blog does not represent or write on behalf of Crown and all its related brands. This blog speaks only for myself as an apprentice chef and is not affiliated with Crown.