Proud to be a Chef

We're supporting the culinary leaders of tomorrow.
Proud to be a chef program group photo
We want to support the Australian foodservice sector through the recognition, professional development and ongoing support of today’s apprentices.


Every year we select a group of Australia’s most talented apprentice chefs to participate in our Proud to be a Chef  program. It’s part of our commitment to the foodservice industry and culinary standards in Australia.

Proud to be a Chef  is a diverse and fast-paced mentoring program led by inspirational, Australian masterchefs, and gives each finalist the chance to foster life-long relationships within the foodservice community.

The winning apprentice receives a culinary scholarship tailored to their personal interests and goals as a professional chef.

2024 finalists announced

The next 32 aspiring culinary leaders have now been chosen from around Australia for a fast-paced mentoring program with acclaimed Iron Chef and Anchor Food Professionals Executive Chef – Mark Normoyle, Executive Pastry Chef and Founder of Kōri Ice Cream – Joane Yeoh, and Executive Chef of Omnia Bistro and Yugen Dining and Tea Bar – Stephen Nairn.

A life changing experience for 32 apprentice chefs

For the 20th-year, 32 apprentice chefs from all over Australia have participated in a truly life-changing experience – Fonterra’s Proud to be a Chef mentoring program.

Supporting the culinary leaders of tomorrow

Our Proud to Be a Chef program is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and culinary apprentices from all over Australia will once again have the chance to participate in a life-changing experience.