Development Award

The Shared Tables Thierry Marx Career Development Award 2018


Two worthy chefs have been announced as the winners in the 2018 Shared Tables Thierry Marx Career Development Award. This unique award provides the opportunity for one apprentice/cookery or patisserie student and one fully qualified chef to work in the great culinary city of Paris, France. In 2018 the competition introduced the qualified chef category, offering chef’s the same prize and a unique opportunity to expand and broaden their existing skill base.

The 2018 Shared Tables Thierry Marx Career Development Award Winners are: Apprentice Chef winner is Sarah Cremona (The Vue Group) and the Qualified Chef winner is Ben Higgs (Higgs & Co).

There were 17 finalists announced – 6 qualified chefs and 11 apprentices with 8 female finalists. Since starting the competition 22 apprentices have travelled to Paris for this life changing experience and 9 of these winners have been young women. Shared Tables is very proud to continue its support of nurturing young talented women in the hospitality industry.

Sarah was a runner up at last’s year competition and she was determined to come back in 2018 fully prepared and eager to win. According to Sarah “I would love to have the opportunity to see the harmony, balance and fusion that Thierry Marx is able to execute between French Molecular Gastronomy and Japanese flavours”.

As a qualified chef, Ben always believes that continued learning is vital and he said “I would like to win this award to further solidify my skills as a chef and make me better equipped for modern cuisine and give me currency to put back into programs that help people throughout foodservice. I believe it’s not what you can achieve alone that makes you truly remarkable but how many people you can lift up with you”.

The judges were impressed, not only with Ben & Sarah’s cooking and technical abilities, but their knowledge of Thierry Marx was exceptional and the judges deemed they will be wonderful ambassadors for the competition during their time in France.

Ben and Sarah prize will include airfares, accommodation and three weeks in Paris 14 days training under the guidance of Thierry Marx and his team at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Paris, France. Three day experience at the Le Cordon Bleu Paris Institute and a scholarship valued at AU$2,500 to study a Le Cordon Bleu program of the winners choice.

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.

The other winners:

Runner up: Winner Chef Category Alexander McIntosh (At the Heads) and Winner Student Category Abhishek Thorat (Le Cordon Bleu).

3rd Place: Winner Chef Category Remi Abry (Taxi Dining) and Winner Student Category Marco Wong (Le Cordon Bleu & Rachelle Van Diggele (Coonara Springs)

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

2018 Finalists
2018 Finalists and sponsors
2018 Finalists and special guest Shannon Bennett
2018 Winners L:R Ben Higgs (Higgs & Co) and Sarah Cremona (The Vue Group)