Chef dreams of sharing her knowledge

Lily Newton’s goal is to open her own restaurant, ‘Lily’s Pad’, a dream she has had ever since she fell in love with food, and a dream that is made possible after completing an Australian Apprenticeship.

Lily’s Australian Apprenticeship – Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) - and employment with Group Training Organisation HTN, has improved her prospects.

By the age of 22, Lily had competed in the Nestle Golden Chefs Hat award for three consecutive years, winning a bronze medal in 2011 and 2012.

During her Australian Apprenticeship, Lily was placed at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa and Tweed Heads Bowls Club, providing her with the opportunity to experience working supervised and unsupervised at functions while gaining confidence to work in all sections of the restaurants.

From the small town of Bogangar, population 3000, Lily was announced as the recipient of the 2012 HTN Peter Howard Culinary Scholarship, which provided her with a culinary journey through London and surrounds.

Lily was also lucky enough to be selected to be a part of the 2012 Proud To Be A Chef Program in Melbourne.

“It was such an awesome experience to be surrounded by other young chefs who were passionate about food and our industry,” Lily said.

“I never imagined that completing an Australian Apprenticeship could open up so many opportunities. I love food, our industry and I have the passion.”

In 2017, whilst still remaining in her profession, Lily decided to shift her passion of the food industry into a new direction by undertaking a Bachelor of Secondary Education / Bachelor of Technology, majoring in Food and Textiles Technology. Lily is expected to graduate at the end of 2019 and begin full time teaching in 2020, allowing her to share her passion and knowledge for all things culinary.

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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