Jamie Everson in action.
Jamie Everson in action. Juanita McCleary

Young chef vies for title

A LITTLE bit of extra virgin olive oil on any meal can go a long way.

That is a hot tip from up-and-coming chef extraordinaire and Casino local Jamie Everson, who is a finalist for the North Coast Apprentice of the Year.

Jamie, 19, has been cooking since he was 13 and now, in the final year of his apprenticeship, hopes to take his passion for mouth-watering desserts and Italian cuisine to the international fine dining scene.

In between cooking up a storm at the Casino RSM Club and studying at Wollongbar TAFE, Jamie likes to stay on top of food trends which has been made a bit easier through the success of TV show MasterChef.

“With the industry like it is there is much more awareness about the food we want to cook, bringing interest to the public,” he said.

“Shows like MasterChef publicise modern food trends so it's easy to pick up modern trends and see where the industry isgoing.”

As for a secret recipe,Jamie only suggests onestaple ingredient.

“When you are cooking for someone else you want to impress you should stick to what you know, stick to basic ingredients and work on the presentation, as you eat with your eyes too,” he said.

“Extra virgin olive oil is a must. It can be used forsautéing or for salad dressing, or for presentation forrisottos and things.”

Jamie will join Jay Schleich, a carpentry and trade apprentice from Byron Bay, in the running to be North Coast Apprentice of the Year.

Alex Jones, from Lismore's Richmond River High School, who is studying aged care at North Coast TAFE in Lismore, has been nominated for North Coast School-based Traineeship of the Year, and Russell Freeburn, from Gibbo's Auto Spares in Lismore, has been nominated North Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year.

Winners will be announced at the North Coast Regional Training Awards 2010 on Friday in Coffs Harbour.



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