Andrew Williams had an experience to rival that of an Iron Chef at the TAFE WorldSkills Australia state final.
The year 12 hospitality student, who attends Merrylands High School, was named the winner after a he prepared a three course meal for two at the event’s six-hour cooking challenge.
‘‘I think the highlight was the fast-paced environment,’’ he said.
Andrew said the dessert of poached pears with a glaze sauce was the most difficult dish on the menu which included a caesar salad entree, and crumbed chicken with turned potatoes and carrots for main.
The competition will heat up when he represents NSW at the national final.
The three day cook off begins in Perth on September 18.
‘‘Each day is a different menu,’’ he said.
‘‘The first day is a high tea, the second day is a tapas-style lunch and the third day is a dinner menu.’’
Andrew watches Foxtel’s food channel often and plans to become a chef.
He has studied hospitality at Wetherill Park TAFE for the past two years.
Andrew said he loved cooking shows including MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules, though they were exaggerated.
‘‘There’s definitely not that much drama in cooking, but it get pretty heated at times,’’ he said.