2020 Brett Graham Scholarship winner announced

2020 Brett Graham Scholarship winner announced

Signal Box Apprentice Chef, Matthew Mirosevich has risen to the top, taking out the 2020 Brett Graham Scholarship after battling it out in the final cook-off last Tuesday night at TAFE NSW Hamilton.

In partnership with the Hunter TAFE Foundation and the Hunter Culinary Association, the Scholarship is named after one of TAFE NSW’s most successful alumni and former Novocastrian, Brett Graham.

The $10,000 prize includes a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to London, to work with Brett Graham at his award-winning businesses, including the Harwood Arms and The Ledbury.

Shortlisted from a group of seven apprentice chefs, Matthew was joined by finalists Jayden Dann, EXP Restaurant and Samuel McKinnon, Muse Restaurant. The finalists were given the task to design and cook a menu based on ingredients selected by Brett.

The judging panel was joined this year by TAFE NSW alumni and 2009 Scholarship winner Garreth Robbs, Head Chef at Molines Bistro in the Hunter Valley.

“The quality of dishes was exceptional,” Garreth said.

“The brief embodied Brett’s signature classic combinations with innovative twists. This gave the finalists room to interpret the brief when designing their menus and feature their take on timeless classics.”

Looking back on his time at The Ledbury, Garreth said seeing how a kitchen operated at that high level was eye-opening.

“My time in London has impacted every aspect of my career. After nearly 11 years and now as a Head Chef, I’m still drawing on things I learnt for the first time,” he said.

TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Commercial Cookery, Mark McManus said the quality and skill exhibited at the cook-off was very impressive.

“I am very proud of the high standard of technical ability demonstrated by each of our students,” Mark said.

“They presented sophisticated dishes that really showcased their talent and skill level.”

Hunter Culinary Association Chairman, Gus Maher said the Scholarship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and has a proven track record of turning out the best local chefs.

“The Scholarship is a chance to refine skills and build connections that help launch successful careers,” Gus said.

“Our Scholarship winners bring their experience back to the Region, shaping innovation and further promoting the Hunter Region as a premier food destination”

IMAGE | TAFE NSW Head Teacher Commercial Cookery, Mark McManus with 2020 Brett Graham Scholarship winner, Matthew Mirosevich and Hunter Culinary Association Chairman, Gus Maher (left-right).


TAFE NSW is Australia’s largest training and education provider with more than 500,000 enrolments and 1,200 courses. As an education innovator, we’re focused on shaping the future through state-of-the-art facilities, systems, technology and teachers. Our graduates are equipped for the jobs of today and the careers of the future.

TAFE NSW offers the best of campus-based delivery as well as flexible, online and work-based learning. Collaboration, diversity and the strong relationships between our locations contribute to and magnify the value of TAFE NSW and importantly, the benefits that we deliver to communities and the economy of NSW.


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