ST JOHNS Park Bowling Club first year apprentice Tom Walsh [right] recently won top prize in the HTN Apprentice Chef Culinary Competition.
The competition required apprentices to replicate a signature dish shown to them by a leading local chef.
The competitors prepared two portions of that dish to present it for judging within 90 minutes.
St Johns Park Bowling Club marketing manager Debbie Marsden said the apprentices were judged throughout the preparation on their "personal presentation, work skills and work flow, as well as the final presentation and taste of the signature dish".
Mr Walsh said the competition was a "fantastic" experience.
"I have learnt so much from our mentors in the competition who are experienced chefs with impressive credentials," he said.
"I am now even more excited about my career as a chef."
Mr Walsh won a $200 Community First Credit Union account and a $250 Fraser and Hughes gift voucher.
The HTN Apprentice Chef Culinary Competition gives apprentices an opportunity to display their individual skills and technical capabilities.
It also enhances personal development, improves standards and helps apprentices to build trade networks.