A current Weltec student has been named as one of the best young chefs in the world after he placed in the Young Chef Olympiad 2020 competition held in India earlier this month.

Dominic Muollo-Gray, who has almost completed his New Zealand Certificate in Cookery represented New Zealand at the annual event and was placed 11th out of 55 competitors.

The Young Chef Olympiad event was launched in 2015 and is now the world’s largest young chef culinary competition. As well as being placed in the top 20, Dominic also won the Plate Final and the Best Prepared Recipe Costings. WelTec chef tutor Frank Prskawetz, who coached and accompanied Dominic to the event said Dominic produced the best dishes and won comfortably. “According to judges I spoke to, Dominic just missed out on the grand final. He did a fantastic job in very challenging conditions,” Prskawetz said.

Dominic was also a finalist in the Sustainability Awards for which he prepared a PowerPoint presentation explaining the steps WelTec takes to be more sustainable.

Weltec has a long history of competing at regional, national and international levels and its Professional Cookery programmes are recognised internationally as a benchmark for quality entry-level chef training.