Jess swaps knives for US adventure
QUEENSLAND College of Wine Tourism chef and third-year apprentice Jess Marsden has recently returned from the trip of a lifetime after heading to South Carolina on exchange.
Miss Marsden, 18, returned in early February after spending four weeks in Blythewood, where she worked at the school and travelled the state.
It was a new world for Miss Marsden, who said it was a new experience working in the United States.
"I did the whole aspect of hospitality, I didn't just do cooking all the time which was quite nice,” she said.
Miss Marsden said her time there allowed her to experience a culture unlike Australia's.
"It gives you different cultural kind of food,” she said.
"In America where I went, it was very southern food, so it's either deep fried or smothered in cheese.”
Miss Marsden said she brought back different dishes that she will be able to introduce while she continues to work at Varias Restaurant and in her future career.
Along with learning different skills and dishes during her trip, Miss Marsden said she has caught the travel bug and now wants to learn about different cultures.
"It's taught me that I do want to travel overseas and work and that I do want to go to different cultures, learn their cuisine,” she said.
Along with working, Miss Marsden had the opportunity to travel during her stay.
Her favourite part of her trip was being able to experience all the different parts of the state.
"(My favourite part was) probably seeing all of the different parts of South Carolina,” Miss Marsden said.
"I went shooting... Charleston I really loved, I went to parliament house and got a private tour and introduced to the government.”
This year is the final year of Miss Marsden's apprenticeship.
After she finishes, Miss Marsden plans to travel, after which she hopes to move to the Sunshine Coast to work.