Thierry Marx Award


A worthy Victorian apprentice chef has been announced as the winner in the 2017 Shared Tables Thierry Marx Career Development Award. This unique award normally provides one Victorian apprentice chef the opportunity to work in the great culinary city of Paris, France. However in 2017 two chefs are off to Paris as the second placed chef finished only one point behind the winner and the judge’s offered another trip.

The 2017 Shared Tables Thierry Marx Career Development Award for Apprentice Chefs winner is Kasae Fraser. She was one of 14 finalists who competed in the 2017 event.

Kasae is a Certificate III Commercial cookery student at Holmesglen working at Mercer’s Restaurant Eltham under the guidance of Owner/Chef Stephen and Ute Mercer.  Kasae will be travelling to France spending three weeks in Paris with 14 days training under the guidance of Michelin Star Chef Thierry Marx and his team at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, three days work experience at the Le Cordon Bleu School in Paris and a scholarship valued at AU$5,000 to a Le Cordon Bleu program of the winners’ choice and gift pack valued at $100.

Kasae’s wining dishes were: Main Course - Diamond valley pork rib eye with black pudding and ox tongue terrine and Dessert – Blown sugar pink lady apple with champagne and mascarpone apple mousse.

The judges were impressed, not only with Kasae’s cooking and technical abilities, but her knowledge of Thierry Marx was exceptional and her preparation and execution were perfectly timed and she displayed a positive attitude, maturity and a firm commitment to becoming a fully qualified chef.

Runner up was awarded to Stephen Fawcett Certificate III Commercial cookery student working at Matteo’s Restaurant. There was only the slightest of margins’ separating Kasae and Stephen so the judges decided to also offer Stephen a trip to Paris working with Thierry Marx at Mandarin Oriental Hotel for 3 weeks.

Both Kasae and Stephen participated in the competition last year and were placed 10th and 8th respectively. This year both students dedicated themselves and both worked extremely hard to improve their performance and perfect their dishes. There results this year are a great testament to their dedication and commitment to the industry and their future careers.

Thierry Marx is considered one of the pioneers of modern gastronomy. Thierry was awarded his first Michelin star in 1988 at Roc en Val in Tours, and another at Cheval Blanc in Nîmes in 1991. He spent a little over a decade at Château Cordeillan-Bages, a Relais & Châteaux in Gironde, where he held two Michelin stars from 1999 until he moved to the Mandarin Oriental in 2010.

There was a tie for third place with 2 winners - Sarah Cremona (Saint Crispin) and Kimberly Tang (Crown Melbourne) with both receiving a two day modernist cooking masterclass at Holmesglen along with lunch at Donovan’s Restaurant.


2017 shared Tables Career Development Award Finalists L:R Greg O'Shea Holmesglen Kasae Fraser Mercers Restaurant & Gerard Doherty Shared Tables L:R Greg O'Shea Holmesglen Stephen Fawcett Matteo's Restaurant Kasae Fraser Mercers Restaurant & Gerard Doherty Shared Tables
2017 Kasae Fraser - Diamond Valley Pork Rib Eye with black pudding and ox tongue terrine 2017 Kasae Fraser - Dessert Blown sugar pink lady apple with Champagne and mascarpone apple mousse  2017 Winner Kasae Fraser Mercers Restaurant Eltham


The Shared Tables Thierry Marx Career Development Award is brought to you by Shared Tables, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Le Cordon Bleu and RACV Resorts.