Hunter Valley Chefs Cooking their way to London


Three aspiring young local chefs cook their way one step closer to London in the preliminary finals of the Brett Graham Scholarship, after a cook-off between six preliminary finalists earlier this month.


The Hunter Culinary Association, in conjunction with TAFE NSW, host this prestigious annual event, now in its 18th year. The eventual winner will work under leading Australian chef Brett Graham in his highly acclaimed London based restaurant – The Ledbury. The Brett Graham Scholarship, now in its 18th year, aims to recognise and nurture one of the Hunter Region’s most talented young chefs.

The three young Apprentices proceeding to the final cook-off are Ian Tintero of The George Tavern, Jahri Etteridge from Yellowtail, and Jayden Dann from EXP Restaurant (pictured left to right above).

Contestants will all vie for the $10,000 career kick start as we go to print (so check out our local news page for results). This will assist in covering airfares and accommodation in London and is sponsored by both the Hunter Culinary Association and TAFE NSW. We wish all three contestants the very best of luck!



Our three aspiring young local chefs have literally cooked their hearts in the Grand Final - and we have a winner.....

It was 20-year-old newly qualified young Chef Jayden Dann of EXP. Restaurant that stole the show and the $10K cash prize and was awarded the Hunter TAFE Foundation and Hunter Culinary Association’s most sought-after prize, the Brett Graham Scholarship.

Congrats Jayden!