Zane Neustroski, Apprentice Chef at The George’s signature restaurant Pescatore, has been selected to travel with the New Zealand Culinary Team to attend the Billy Gallagher Junior Chefs Forum. The Junior Chefs Forum is part of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Congress in Daejeon, Korea from 1-5 May 2012. WACS is a global network of chefs associations first founded in October 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris.
The event brings together young chefs (under 25) from over 20 different countries who will attend workshops, cooking sessions and lectures during the congress. Special guests will speak exclusively to the young chefs about their careers and their passion for their art, providing a unique opportunity for young chefs to learn from highly experienced mentors. There is also a focus on networking, experiencing the cuisines of the host country coupled with fun.
Initially the young chefs will attend a pre-opening cocktail networking session where Dr Billy Gallagher will speak to the group and meet the young chefs in person. There are also a number of visits away from the congress including a visit to the main Daejeon market and Kimchi factory, and an evening out with all young chefs together.
The George is delighted that Zane will get the chance to expand his cooking experience and knowledge while attending WACS. Prior to this Zane was one of the winners of the annual Fonterra Foodservices’ Proud to be a Chef Competition 2012 in Auckland and went on to create the best savoury course in the subsequent Australasian final of Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef Competition in Melbourne.