Third year Apprentice Chef Lily Newton, of Season restaurant at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa at Kingscliff, has taken out the prestigious 2012 Peter Howard HTN (Hospitality Training Network) Culinary Scholarship at their annual Youth Skills Showcase, held this week (9 October) in Sydney.

Lily was selected for the hotly contested industry scholarship, which includes return flights to London and a $5,000 cash prize, for her culinary talent and passion for hospitality, trumping many talented commercial cookery apprentices from New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

Lily intends to use the cash portion of her scholarship for a unique culinary tour abroad to further her career and will be undertaking work experience at a high profile restaurant while she is in London.

“I am so excited to travel to London as it is a centre for culinary experiences and I will also use the cash scholarship to travel throughout Europe,” Lily said.

A local Tweed Valley resident, Lily commenced her apprenticeship at Season in 2010 and works under the restaurant’s highly acclaimed Executive Chef Rueben Radonich.

"Lily is set for great things and, once she completes her apprenticeship at Season, she will be an outstanding chef,” Chef Radonich said.

Season offers a stylish and casual dining experience and their seasonal menus are a direct reflection of Season’s local Gourmet Food Trail.

“Our team aims to deliver a world-class dining experience for guests and to take them on a culinary journey of fresh produce and local flavours from the Gold Coast Hinterland and Northern Rivers regions,” Chef Radonich said.

Season also made its mark in culinary excellence this year being awarded a Chef’s Hats in the 2012 Australian Good Food Guide (AGFG) Chef Hat Awards.   

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