Alex Topp Takes Out the Brett Graham Scholarship

Alex Topp Takes Out the Brett Graham Scholarship

  • November 03, 2014
  • Bistro Molines

At Bistro Molines we are justifiably proud that many of the Hunter’s and Australia’s best chefs have been mentored by Robert or passed through one of his restaurants kitchens. The latest in this long line is Alex Topp, who recently took out the prestigious Brett Graham Scholarship for young chefs.

Alex was bitten by the chef bug early in his career. In 2010 he joined our kitchen as part of a one year school based vocational Hospitality course. As a result, in December 2011 he was signed on as a first year apprentice.

Alex edged out fellow finalists Krystal Murray of Pokolbin’s Muse Restaurant and Siobhann Redman of Pokolbin’s The Cellar Restaurant, following a nine-hour culinary marathon. Each contestant, helped by third year apprentice chefs, created and prepared a three course dinner for a team of judges including Sydney chef, Matt Kemp, who evaluated each contestant’s leadership, cooking ability and presentation. Customer feedback from 60 hungry guests also contributed to the final scores in the areas of menu planning, taste and innovation.

The $10,000 scholarship includes a trip to London to work with former Novocastrian, Brett Graham, whose Michelin 2-starred restaurant The Ledbury in London’s Notting Hill, was recently voted in the top 10 restaurants in the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. The other part of Alex’s scholarship gives him the chance to further his education with a certificate IV in Commercial Cookery through TAFE.

Alex will leave us early next year for the next stage in his culinary adventure, to London and The Ledbury