Daniel Dannock

Chef – Hong Kong
Scholarship Provided by: Victorian State Government Department of Education & Training in 2015.

Daniel has been a student at William Angliss TAFE College, a premier provider of education of apprentices and trainees into the food, tourism and hospitality industry. His employer is Spotless Catering at the MCG. During his apprenticeship which he completed in January, Daniel achieved a Certificate lll in Commercial Cooking and he now plans to continue studying for Certificate IV. He has achieved several awards including 3rd place in the National Spotless Mastermind competition in 2014. Daniel was part of the team at the Zinc restaurant, when it was awarded the best ‘Function /Convention Catering’ organisation across Australia. In 2012 Daniel was part of the team at the MCG, when it was the first stadium in Australia to achieve ISO 22000 accreditation for food safety systems. Daniel’s community involvement has centred on coaching junior basketball teams whilst playing competitively himself. He also took part in the Duke of Edinburgh program at Sydenham Kindergarten, where he assisted teachers prepare activities for the young children. His second love is working on his aged Subaru car which he values greatly, taking much pride in participating at local car meets.

Being a chef has been part of Daniel’s family for many years with his father being an experienced chef. Daniel has travelled to Vietnam and Indonesia where he enjoyed the local markets with their vast array of fresh seafood, meat and produce. He also enjoyed participating in a short Vietnamese cooking course, where he says the flavours were awesome. On top of all this he enjoys cooking outside of his work, be it for friends or family or just for his own personal pleasure.
Daniel is planning on working in Hong Kong where there are more Michelin starred restaurants than in any other country or region in the world. There he wants to develop skills cooking Asian food and hopes to visit many Asian countries such as Korea and Japan where his dad used to work.