Chisholm student Laura Skvor obviously has a huge appetite for success. Fresh from her gold medal win at the regional AUSTAFE competition in Frankston in August, Laura has struck gold again – this time at the state AUSTAFE competition in Lilydale on September 26.
Her latest win follows her selection as commis chef at the Bocuse d’Or Asia Pacific semi-finals in Singapore from April 24-27 next year, where she and Michael Cole, the head chef at Georgie Bass Café and Cooking School in Flinders, will represent Australia at the most prestigious gastronomy event in the world. If they finish in the top five, they will go on to compete in Bocuse d’Or 2019 in Lyon against 23 other teams from around the world.
Laura, who is completing her Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at Chisholm in Rosebud, has been passionate about cooking since she was a young girl. She advanced her culinary journey after a brief stint on My Kitchen Rules with her brother, Mitch. Although she didn’t win, her desire to become a great chef was ignited - so much so that Laura quit university, where she was studying linguistics, and switched to Commercial Cookery at TAFE.
“Although I was happy studying linguistics, I thought why am I not doing what I truly love, and that is cooking? So I decided to leave university and enrol at Chisholm. At first I needed a lot of guidance, but I’ve found a great mentor at Chisholm and am learning everything I need to become a great chef.”
With talent, commitment, a sense of focus and flair in the kitchen, Laura is setting the bar very high, and through constantly pushing herself out of her comfort zone, she is proving that becoming a truly great chef is only a matter of time.