Leela Subramaniam

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

RTO: Chisholm Institute

Employer: Flinders Hotel

Leela’s career in hospitality almost started by accident. After working part time in hospitality for many years while studying at university, Leela realised that she loved cooking. Relishing in the high-pressure environment of a commercial kitchen and seeking the opportunity to learn new skills, she pursued an apprenticeship in the Flinders Hotel kitchen. 

With great encouragement from her teachers, Leela entered and won awards in 6 state and national cookery competitions. Challenging herself in a high-pressured competitive kitchen environment took her passion to a new level—it elevated her cooking skills and taught her to stay calm under pressure.    

After completing her apprenticeship, Leela was promoted to junior sous chef. Her head chef commented that she was the first apprentice that he immediately promoted to a leadership role in his 20-year career. Now, Leela helps run the kitchen and leads a team of 8 during busy shifts, ensuring each meal that leaves the kitchen is perfect. 

Leela is currently completing her final year in a Bachelor of Business and will soon head to Europe for a self-funded experience in a Michelin Star restaurant to improve her skills. Leela’s goal is to own her own fine dining restaurant and earn her own Chef’s Hat one day.