Alyssa Heard

Retail, Hospitality, Tourism, Beauty and Hairdressing

Certificate III in Hospitality

Chef: Alyssa Heard

Schoolgirl waitress to award winning chef

Alyssa began her hospitality career aged 15, waitressing to earn extra money. When the head chef discovered Alyssa’s passion for cooking, she offered her an apprenticeship.

Alyssa enrolled in a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and immediately proved to be a valuable member of the kitchen staff. After she started her apprenticeship, Alyssa graduated from basic kitchenhand work to second chef, producing excellent quality food. She brings new ideas to the work place and thrives on challenging herself to see these ideas come to fruition.

Alyssa finished her apprenticeship at the Chalambar Golf Club, Ararat, in December 2017 and is furthering her studies with a Certificate III in Patisserie. She has a natural talent for this field and regularly produces beautiful cakes and desserts for functions.

“I would tell anyone thinking of doing a VET pathway to look at how much I have achieved from my training,” Alyssa said.

“Just research all the success stories and you will see how important and valuable VET is.”

Alyssa won the regional title in the 2017 World Skills competition, a testament to her skill level.

These days Alyssa can be found cooking up a storm at Harvest Halls Gap, nestled in the midst of the Grampians in country Victoria.

She was the 2018 Victorian Training Awards Apprentice of the Year, the 2018 Australian Training Awards Australian Apprentice of the Year runner-up, and is a member of the Australian VET Alumni.