Duane McMahon

Duane McMahon

Burswood - Apprentice Chef


My dad’s side of the family are from the community of Bidyadanga in the Kimberley WA it’s around 160 klms south of Broome, and my mum's side is from around Geraldton to Wiluna.

We have lived in Perth for a number of years.

Before working at Burswood Entertainment Complex I was going to school at Lynwood Senior High School in Perth where I completed year 11.

During year 11 I did workplace learning and Burswood was one of my work placements. Whilst I was completing this I was approached by one of the Chefs to consider taking up an apprentice chef position. So I went back to school and completed year 11, then 3 weeks after school finished I began my training as an apprentice chef. 

I am in my third and final year as an apprentice chef and will be a fully qualified chef in December 2010.

I have already been employed as a Commis Chef working at (A)lure Restaurant which has won many gold plate awards at Burswood Entertainment Complex.

Being a chef has its ups and downs. There are so many new recipes and techniques to learn, and some of the busy periods at work can be very challenging but somehow you pull through. The long hours can be pretty tough but you get used to it over time. 

I enjoy working with all my colleagues and meeting new people. I get to meet people from all types of backgrounds and learn about their culture as they do about mine.

I really enjoyed the experience of working with the famous Aboriginal chef, Mark Olive, as I learnt so much from Mark about cooking using bushtucker and hope to have the opportunity to work with him again one day.

My advice to other young people would be to keep looking for the job you really want as there’s always something out there and follow your dreams.

 

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