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Sweet dreams fulfilled for Patisserie Student Katey Shaw

Katey-Shaw-(1).jpgA sweet success: Katey Shaw accepting the Gault & Millau American Express 2016 Potentialist of the Year (Best Young Chef) Award.

Twenty three year-old TAFE SWSi Patisserie student and Campbelltown local Katey Shaw has taken home the Gault & Millau American Express 2016 Potentialist of the Year (Best Young Chef) Award.

Her win includes a special medal and a six-week tour of Europe in early 2017, where she will visit Michelin star restaurants and work under the direction of world-renowned chefs and chocolatiers. 

“I feel absolutely honoured to win this award. This trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I can’t wait to take advantage of every single moment of it.” said Katey.

“I’m going to have this whole culinary exposure of the world I never thought would be possible. I’m going to be changed as a chef.”

Katey is currently undertaking her Certificate IV in Patisserie at TAFE SWSi’s Campbelltown College, after completing a commercial cookery apprenticeship at Campbelltown Catholic Club.

“Becoming a pastry chef is where my passion truly lies. I love all forms of cooking but I love sweets. I’m a self-taught home cake decorator, and to be able to hone my skills at TAFE SWSi is an excellent opportunity.

“My teachers were extremely helpful and supportive. They’re really focused on giving you hands-on experience, ensuring you grasp each technique fully before moving on.”

When she’s not working full-time or completing her course, Katey spends her time chairing the NSW-ACT & Regions Young Chef’s Club, entering industry competitions and decorating cakes to develop her craft.