Master in the kitchen

A qualified fitter and turner, Colin Wilson worked in various jobs and industries for twenty years before deciding to pursue his passion for food and cooking.

In 2008 with the support of his wife and family, he left his well-paying job to undertake a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.

Now a fully-qualified chef after completing his Australian Apprenticeship and winning the 2011 Australian Apprentice of the Year at the Australian Training Awards, Colin is passionate about encouraging others to follow in his footsteps.

"Although it was a big decision to change careers, I believe you should follow a career path that involves something you are passionate about," Colin said.

"I really believe that passion and planning were the keys to getting me through the last few years successfully."

Determined to succeed, Colin used his maturity to his benefit while completing his Australian Apprenticeship.

"I used my life experience to help me find the best way to get where I wanted to be," he said.

"This helped me fast track my career by enabling me to gain competency in my studies as well as in the workplace."

Colin is now the head chef for Sebastian's Food and Wine in Melbourne.

This has inspired him to pursue management studies which have awakened a passion for teaching.

"Once I complete my certificate in training and assessment, I hope to be able to teach commercial cookery part-time," he said.

"I also plan to own and run a small restaurant and I'm constantly planning and refining my ideas for that."

Watch The Chef: Colin's Story.

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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