TAFE chefs turn up the heat at the great Wollongong bake-off

TASTY TREATS: Samantha Trotter impressed TAFE NSW pastry judges with her modern take on the 'cream puff'. Picture: Robert Peet
TASTY TREATS: Samantha Trotter impressed TAFE NSW pastry judges with her modern take on the 'cream puff'. Picture: Robert Peet

A sweet tooth is preferable but not a necessity for upcoming wannabe pastry chefs.

Fortunately for Samantha Trotter, she enjoys eating tasty desserts just as much as she enjoys making them.

‘’I really love it, especially the decorating side of things,’’ the fourth-year TAFE NSW pastry apprentice said.

The 21-year-old joined other pastry and baking students at TAFE’s Wollongong campus on Monday for a special bake-off competition.

The students were battling it out to secure a berth in TAFE NSW South region’s team for the 2018 WorldSkills Australia National Competition to be held in Sydney next June.

Trotter’s decorating flair in creating a modern take on the cream puff, certainly impressed the judges, especially her tradesman and 2016 Worldskills Australia National Competition winner Troy Hindmarch.

Like pastry chef Hindmarch, Trotter also works at Gumnut Patisserie in Mittagong.

TAFE student Jasmine Testa. Picture: Robert Peet

TAFE student Jasmine Testa. Picture: Robert Peet

‘’Hopefully the judges enjoy what I do and I win the regionals and can compete nationally in the WorldSkills,’’ she said.

‘’Decorating cakes and finishing products is what I enjoy doing most. I’ve just always loved desserts and I’ve always just wanted to create some for myself.’’

Jasmine Testa doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth but the 16-year-old’s just as passionate when it comes to baking cakes.

TAFE NSW teacher and master patissier chocolatier confectioner, Herve Boutin said the pastry chefs were marked on things like their piping skills, the taste of the finished product and aesthetics. ‘’Innovation and creativity comes later.’’