Apprentice chef Mathew Doohan holds his award for Student Apprentice of the year.
Apprentice chef Mathew Doohan holds his award for Student Apprentice of the year. Photo supplied

Top apprentice is on fast track

FORGET your slow cooker - Mathew Doohan likes to do things the quick way.

Well, when it comes to his apprenticeship at least.

It has taken Mathew little more than one year to accelerate through his apprenticeship to be a chef.

The 21-year-old has been training hard at O'Dowd's Irish Pub and was last week awarded for his dedication to being an apprentice.

Mathew, who is two weeks away from being a qualified chef, yesterday said he had never planned a career with food when he was at school.

He started working as a kitchen hand and soon found he enjoyed it.

Since August last year he decided to work hard at his apprenticeship and in the following 12 months he completed three units, which he said equated to about three years of work.

Mathew won Student Apprentice of the Year at the Annual MRAEL Awards held in Mackay last Monday night.

More than 600 apprentices, trainees, host employers, workplace mentors and industry leaders attended the awards.

Mathew said he hadn't expected the win and was overwhelmed when he heard his name announced.

“All the staff are blown away; everyone has been congratulating me,” Mathew said.

Having started his cooking career in a Chinese kitchen, Mathew said he made a mean stir-fry.

“Even honey chicken if you like that. I don't like it but that's because I've been cooking it,” Mathew said.

As for his favourite meal type, Mathew said he couldn't go past Italian.

“I love pasta and pizza and anything like that.”



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