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Portrait of chef-in-training

By January 8, 2016July 29th, 2018Portrait Photography
Indigenous apprentice Laura Kirby outside The European restaurant, photo by Melbourne photographer Sharon Blance

Laura Kirby at her new workplace The European, portrait photography by Sharon Blance

One of our final shots of 2015 was this portrait of apprentice Laura Kirby who has commenced working at prestigious Melbourne restaurant The European.

Laura is one of six apprentices working across a range of award-winning Melbourne restaurants as part of an Indigenous pre-employment program by the National Indigenous Culinary Institute (NICI), in partnership with William Angliss Institute.

The ‘Skills for Success’ program is focused on creating highly skilled Indigenous chefs and providing them with lifelong mentors in the industry.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to work in an area I am passionate about. I also want to show other members of my community that there are programs like this that can help us reach our goals.” – Laura Kirby

Ian Curley, executive chef at The European, says that the program is a fantastic initiative to empower Indigenous chefs to begin rewarding careers in the restaurant scene of Melbourne.

At Image Workshop we love to create portrait photography to help promote great initiatives like this one, and wish Laura all the best in her new culinary career.

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