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Marymount College, Burleigh Waters

Ryan Grant

Ryan never planned on a career in hospitality — he always wanted to be a police officer.

'When I was in Year 10, my hospitality teacher persuaded me and a friend to enter a cooking competition. I didn’t really want to do it, but I gave it a shot. We ended up winning, and the mentor chef offered me a job in his restaurant.’

Ryan took up the position, and he’s never looked back.

He says: ‘Doing my school-based apprenticeship was the best decision I ever made. My interest in food became a passion and it quickly became my life.’

Asked why he loves working as a chef so much, Ryan says: ‘It’s the adrenaline, the buzz. When you talk to other people in the restaurant business, they get it.

The hours are terrible — no parties, no weekends off. But it’s so enjoyable and really worthwhile.’

Ryan is certainly committed to his trade. While in Year 12, he worked in the restaurant until late at night after school each day. He only had three days off after finishing Year 12 (for schoolies!) and has now started his full-time apprenticeship.

Since winning his first cooking competition in Year 10, Ryan has won gold at both the Queensland and National Chef of the Year competitions. In Year 12, he won the Queensland School Culinary Challenge, and was named Queensland School-based Apprentice of the Year and National Apprentice Chef of the Year.

Not bad for someone who never intended on becoming a chef!

Subjects: English, Hospitality, Legal Studies, Marine Studies, Maths A, Physical Education, Study of Religion
Career goal: To finish my apprenticeship then work in Melbourne and overseas

Last updated: 06-Jun-2017