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From fitter and turner to chef
After 10 years as a fitter and turner and 10 years building and selling bicycles, Colin Wilson wanted a big change in his life, so he took the plunge and began a cookery apprenticeship.
“It is one of the best decisions I have made in my life and I haven’t looked back,” he says.
Colin enrolled in a Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) at Holmesglen TAFE and started his apprenticeship with Birdcage restaurant in Brighton. Keen to prove himself, he entered every chef’s competition he could and won several.
“As a mature-age student I felt that I had to take responsibility for my skills development, so I have grabbed every opportunity with both hands.”
His efforts have paid off. Colin won the chance to cook with some of the best chefs in the world and was offered an apprenticeship at the award-winning Chateau Yering in the Yarra Valley, under the guidance of Executive Chef Mathew Macartney.
Colin’s ultimate goal is to own and run his own restaurant, but in the meantime he is thoroughly enjoying refining his skills at Chateau Yering. “I wake up every day excited to go to work and cook beautiful food and learn something new and challenging.”
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