HostPlus scholarship finalists named

Four outstanding finalists have been selected to go through to the next judging phase in the 2015 HostPlus Hospitality Scholarship.

The four are now one step closer to winning once-in-a-lifetime overseas work experience and a year’s mentorship with a local industry leader. They are:

226-events-hostplus scholarships-Damien Neylon

Damien Neylon, Sous Chef, Brae, Victoria

Food is his passion. Starting out as a bakers assistant in 2004, he gained an apprentice chef position in the esteemed kitchen at Brae in 2007 and has since worked his way up to sous chef. He demonstrates considerable effort and dedication to further his knowledge and technique, both inside and outside of work, and is always in search of new places or ingredients for inspiration.


Alex Crocker, Cellar Door & Functions Manager, Bird in Hand Winery, SA

Working as cellar door manager at a family-run vineyard, Alex is currently studying a Bachelor Degree of Oenology and Viticulture at the University of Adelaide with plans to pursue an honours research program. He is a leader by example who exhibits great passion to make a significant contribution to, and inspire a greater understanding of, the Australian wine industry.

226-events-hostplus scholarships-AngusAngus Beaumont, Butcher & Charcuterie Maker, Du Fermier , Victoria

Butchering has long been in Angus’ family, and is a hobby for him, as well as a career. Prior to Du Fermier, Angus worked for three years at Piper Street Food Company and developed from general butcher to learning the finer art of charcuterie. On a day-to-day basis he imparted his passion for his craft through their cooking classes and also played an integral role in the redevelopment expansion of the company, when they increased their staff from eight staff to 30.

226-events-hostplus scholarships-Patrick SullivanPatrick Sullivan
, Winemaker, Patrick Sullivan Wines, Victoria

Patrick begun his career in wine as a founding member of the thousand candles winery project in the Yarra Valley. In 2010, he opened his own wine label where he tackles the technical side of wine production, as well as running a successful farm and business. He has a keen eye for marketing, and his wines are now so popular that they sell out within two weeks of release. He is also primary wine buyer for Les Caves De Pyrene in North American, New Zealand, Australian and Japanese markets.


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