The cream of the Hunter Region's culinary talent compete for an opportunity of a lifetime..

Three of the Hunter’s best apprentice chefs will be serving up a three-course menu to 60 of the Hunter’s restaurant industry royalty as they compete for the prestigious annual Brett Graham Culinary Scholarship:


  • 5:30pm – 9:30pm

  • Tuesday 20 October, 2015

  • Clydesdale Restaurant

  • Hamilton Campus, Hunter TAFE

  • 91 Parry Street, Newcastle West


The prestigious culinary prize was established in 2003 as a partnership between Hunter TAFE and the Hunter Culinary Association and is named after one of Hunter TAFE’s most successful Alumni, Brett Graham.


Valued at $10,000 the scholarship includes return flights to London and the opportunity to work alongside Brett Graham in his Two Michelin Star restaurant, The Ledbury in London’s Notting Hill. The winner will also gain enrolment into the Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery at Hunter TAFE. 


Hunter Culinary Association is a not-for-profit association formed by a group of Hunter Region industry professionals who have a drive and passion to promote the Hunter Regions culinary excellence, outstanding produce and fostering the regions talent.


The annual Hunter Culinary Association ‘Food Fight’ raises funds for the Brett Graham Scholarship and provide additional scholarships and mentoring for apprentices.


Head Chef and Owner of Restaurant Mason, Chris Thornton won the scholarship in 2006 understand the value of this prize for a young chef’s career. Chris held a master class with the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery Students to assist them in preparation for the competition and will also assist as a guest judge.


After the preliminary cook-off on Tuesday 13 October, the group of eight was narrowed down to three of the regions most talented apprentice chefs.


The 2015 Hunter TAFE finalists for the 2015 Brett Graham Scholarship are:

  • Martin King - East End Hub

  • Jordan Ritter - Star Hotel

  • Jodie Flanagan - Esca

The First Creek Wines - Front of House Scholarship winner will also be announced on the evening. This scholarship recognises excellence in hospitality and is worth more than $5,000 in prize value, including enrolment into the Diploma of Hospitality.


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