Fine dining on a world stage

Jessica Martin’s love for fine dining and restaurant service started as a young girl where she would observe the dynamic and diverse world of hospitality in her father’s businesses.

Jessica has now completed an Australian Apprenticeship in the hospitality industry and has graduated with two nationally recognised qualifications including a Diploma of Events Management and an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management from TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute.

“My dad is a chef of 40 years and being around family-owned food service businesses opened my eyes to the wide variety of careers that exist in hospitality,” Jessica said.

The skills Jessica learned in her Australian Apprenticeship played a key role in the 23-year-old winning a silver medal in Restaurant Service at the 2013 WorldSkills International Competition in Germany.

Jessica was one of 31 WorldSkills Australia Skillaroos who competed at the event, with the team bringing home four medals and 14 medallions of excellence.

“The WorldSkills experience has been fantastic - not many people get the opportunity to represent their country doing something they are passionate about," she said.

Jessica works as a Section Waiter at Sydney’s Momofuku Seiobo, owned by world famous chef and restaurant owner David Chang.

The restaurant has three Chef Hats and is ranked amongst the Top 100 Restaurants in the world.

She appeared on an episode of Channel Ten's The Living Room in 2013 and also travelled to India to speak at the 2nd India Australia Skills Conference.

"An Australian Apprenticeship is the best way to start your career," she said.

"It has opened up opportunities for me that I never knew existed."

The Sydney-resident hopes to use her experience to establish her own cocktail bar or restaurant – and is also interested in passing on her knowledge to up and coming fine dining waiters.

Watch Jessica receive her silver medal at the 2013 WorldSkills International Competition (footage courtesy of WorldSkills Australia).

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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