Rockpool Bar and Grill (Sydney): Apprentice Chef

Jayde is a Kamillaroi woman from Boggabilla in northern New South Wales and now in her second year as an apprentice (Cert III in Commercial Cookery) under the watchful eyes of Corey Costelloe and Neil Perry.

“I have always had a passion for cooking from my Nan’s family gatherings and after seeing my older brother (NICI participant Keith Munro) do a cooking demonstration, confirmed I need to join NICI.” Says Jayde. “To work at Rockpool Bar and Grill (Sydney) has been an incredible experience so far. I can’t wait to see where this opportunity takes me in the future.”

Jayde hopes to develop her skills that will allow her to travel the world, including South Korea, where Jayde is a fan of the K-Pop culture.

Bistro Guillaume (Sydney): Apprentice Chef

Joshua Moore is a Kunja and Barkindji man from Bourke in western NSW and is now a 2nd year apprentice at Bistro Guillaume under the guidance of acclaimed chef, Guillaume Brahimi. With dreams of one day running his own restaurant that will represent Australia’s Indigenous cuisine with native ingredients. The opportunity at NICI has given Joshua the skills and career opportunities, Joshua states ‘it has given me the skills to be at the top of my game and to become a fully qualified chef. Before this I was busking on the street, just surviving. Now I am in the kitchen learning new skills’.

Neapoli Wine Bar and The European Group: Apprentice Chef

Sam May is a Ballardong of Noongar Boodja and (Gija) man from Perth in Western Australia and has now completed his final year as an apprentice at Neapoli Wine Bar and The European Group. Sam has a passion for showcasing his skills developed and would like to encourage more Indigenous people to showcase their talents within the culinary world,  ‘I want to bring traditional Noongar cooking methods and reinvent them in a modern way ’. NICI has given Sam the opportunity to become an highly skilled chef and knows one day that he will be able to ‘change the way people look at Indigenous cooking and cuisine from the opportunity NICI has given me’.