Amber Heaton, age 21, is fast becoming one of the state’s most awarded culinary talents. As she takes out a coveted gold medal in the prestigious Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Awards. Adding to her collection from after being named Apprentice Chef of the Year at the 2021 Restaurant & Catering Awards.
Amber has been cooking professionally since she was 15, after falling in love with it while helping her Italian family in the kitchen as a child.
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Meet the future of cheffing in Queensland.
At just 21, Amber Heaton is fast becoming one of the state’s most awarded culinary talents, taking out a coveted gold medal in the prestigious Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Awards, following on from being named Apprentice Chef of the Year at the 2021 Restaurant & Catering Awards.
“It’s overwhelming (to win these awards). I feel really grateful,” Ms Heaton said.
“But I work really hard for it. My mum always tells me, ‘Amber, get out of the kitchen, you’ve been practising all day’.”
The chef at Cucina Vivo restaurant at The Star, Broadbeach has been cooking professionally since she was 15, after falling in love with the skill helping her Italian mother and grandmother in the kitchen as a child.
While she says she may have inherited her creativity from her dad, who is an adventurous cook, she takes a photo of her late grandfather to every culinary competition as he was among her biggest supporters.
Since starting her apprenticeship, Ms Heaton has entered 18 competitions and won a third of them – her biggest including the Proud to be a Chef and the Chaine des Rotisseurs last year. “Every single comp I do, the more I grow as a chef and a person – win lose or draw,” she said.
Her next step is to use the prize money from her wins to travel Europe and go on a culinary adventure, with her dream to have her own cooking school, running classes for everyone from kids to adults.
“I hope one day I’ll inspire the younger generation,” she said.