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Peppers Guest House, Hunter Valley

Young Chez Pok chefs simmer at Hunter awards

25 May 2009

It’s not just the mouth-watering cuisine simmering in the kitchen of Chez Pok restaurant.

The Hunter Valley favourite is also a hot bed of up and coming cooking talent – as the winners’ board of the recent HTN & Restaurant Caterers apprentice competition attests.

Four catering team members from the acclaimed restaurant of Peppers Guest House received awards in the regional judging of the annual Apprentice Chef’s Culinary Competition, further enhancing its flavour as one of NSW’s finest dining establishments.

Aloura Rouse was judged winner in the first year apprentice category, Garreth Robbs won the third year apprentice division, Whitney Barreth took second place in the third year apprentice division and fourth year apprentice Tim Shmidt finished second in his category.

The winners will go on to represent Chez Pok and the Hunter Valley region at the NSW titles in Sydney in August.

Peppers Guest House general manager Peter Harman praised the work of talented trainee chefs as well as the experienced kitchen brigade at Chez Pok for sharing their knowledge and expertise.

“It is very exciting to see these skills being passed on and nurtured in such a positive way,’’ Mr Harman said.

“This is a very proud achievement for Chez Pok and a great reward for all the hard work the team does, week out,’’ he said.

Established 20 years ago when wine tourism was in its infancy, Chez Pok quickly became renowned as a stalwart of the region and is now regarded as a true Hunter classic - inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 1996 Hunter Tourism Awards.

The seasonal menus are a direct reflection of Chez Pok’s regional surrounds – where supporting the local market and delivering fresh exciting dishes with the true Hunter flavour is a commitment the team takes very seriously.

Befitting its location in the heart of one of Australia's premier wine producing areas, Chez Pok showcases an extensive wine list of locally produced wines and international favourites, including the iconic Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon.

For reservations or further information please contact Peppers Guest House on (02) 4993 8999 or email



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