No stress, he's ready

Joseph O’Grady, apprentice chef at Fleurs Restaurant in Ballina gets ready to compete in the World Skills Australia competition in Sydney at the end of the month.
Joseph O’Grady, apprentice chef at Fleurs Restaurant in Ballina gets ready to compete in the World Skills Australia competition in Sydney at the end of the month. Cathy Adams

APPRENTICE chef Joseph O'Grady isn't stressed about having to represent the Northern Rivers in the World Skills Australia cooking competition in Sydney.

On August 28, he will go up against Australia's best apprentice chefs under the age of 21 for the chance to represent Australia in Germany later this year.

"It's a big deal but I can only do what I can do," the Ballina local said.

"I'm just excited to see how it is and to meet lots of other chefs."

He is 2 1/2 years into his apprenticeship at Fleurs Restaurant in Ballina and said exceptional training given to him will be a big advantage at the competition.

"I've been taught very well by two very good chefs and if I stuff up, I know how to fix it, so I'm not stressing out," he said.

During the first two days of the competition, chefs will be given specific ingredients, including a spatchcock and green tea that they must include in their dishes.

On the third and final day of the competition, competitors will be given a "mystery box". They will have to make a dish from unknown ingredients enclosed within it.

Being barely 18 and able to attend pubs and clubs for the first time hasn't distracted Mr O'Grady from concentrating on cooking.

"I'm not much of a drinker - I don't go out and party like a lot of my friends - I work at nights," he said.

"I love being around food and I love cooking.

"I always want to be good at whatever I'm doing and I've always wanted to be a chef."

The winner of the World Skills Australia cooking competition will be judged on taste, presentation, cleanliness, hygiene, knife skills and many other components.

Topics:  cooking lismore sydney

Busy week ahead for new Warwick Rodeo Queen

RODEO QUEEN: 2016 Warwick Rodeo Ashleigh Grant is getting ready to saddle up for a very busy week of official duties.

Our new Warwick Rodeo Queen has some busy weeks ahead.

Recognise a caring role in our community

Teresa Storey-Higgins cares for her daughter.

TOOWOOMBA mother Teresa Storey-Higgins is a carer.

Break from daily work for Tina

Clifton woman Tina Torcetti is a carer for her son, Callum.

TINA Torcetti, from Clifton, is a full-time carer.

Local Partners

Australia Day Award nominations now open

ALL those who know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the Warwick community is encouraged to nominate them for an Australia Day Award.

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Former Warwick State High student is second

Victorian rider and former Warwick High student Lee Kimber (right) goes for his beast at the Warwick Rodeo.

Former Warwick High student to compete in national finals

13 things to do on the Southern Downs this weekend

Darcy Meek (left) is the early leader in parkrun on Saturday before being first man home.

Photo Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily News

Here's a list of 13 things to do this weekend.

Pictures of Taylor Swift allegedly being groped are sealed

They could "complicate jury selection".

Bruce Springsteen finds therapy useful

Singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer encourages others to seek help

Kerry Washington wants one more child

Kerry Washington recently gave birth to her second child

Kerry has only just become a new mum again

TRAVEL: Musicals light up Sydney

David Campbell performs in Dream Lover.

We take a trip through one of Sydney's finer scenes

Wine and dine your way around Brisbane this summer

Brisbane has the best places to wine and dine.

NINE of the best places to wine and dine.

In Flames are super 'proud' of new album

In Flames album to be released in November.  Photo Contributed

In Flames to release new album in November

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track

Heavyweight enters real estate market

Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield.

Major rebranding which has seen two big name brands merge