Jessi McEwan – Gippsland’s own Global Ambassador
Federation Former Federation Training Hospitality student, Jessi McEwan, from Traralgon, has been appointed as Global Brand Ambassador for the World Association of Chefs Society (WACS).
WACS has announced it had appointed Jessi as Brand Ambassador to be ‘the worldwide face of the association’ – the first such appointment since its inception in 1928.
According to WACS, Jessi has ‘an outstanding resume in the culinary field’ and was selected for her ‘confidence, diligence and versatile communication skills’.
“Jessi’s responsibilities will include promoting the WACS on a daily basis and driving brand awareness via media platforms,” the release said.
Jessi’s former teacher, Kellie Fraser, Culinary Studies Trainer from Federation Training’s Morwell campus, is delighted with the appointment and said Jessi’s elevation to the role of global ambassador is ‘a remarkable achievement’.
“Jessi McEwan was an outstanding Apprentice here at Federation Training, starting her studies while attending school in our VETiS program, Certificate II in Hospitality in 2012. She then gained an Apprenticeship in Cookery through placement in this course and attended as an Apprentice one day a week for three years,” Kellie recalled.
“I noticed the passion Jessi had for food very early in her training and I nurtured her through her Apprenticeship and helped her compete in regional, state and national Cookery competitions.”
Originally from Yallourn North, and now a Sous Chef at the magnificent Hogget Kitchen in Warragul, Jessi said she was honoured to be a part of the World Chefs organisation.
“I’m very proud to be appointed to this ambassadorial role and I am very humbled to be surrounded by such a strong national and international community of chefs,” Jessi said.
“The role allows me to connect with the industry on a global platform, giving me a once in a lifetime opportunity to help other young chefs all over the world, create connections, make a difference and contribute to our industry alongside fellow young chefs."
Jessi fulfils her ambassador roll by supporting the Australian Culinary Federation, World Chefs and Federation Training where ever she can. This can include volunteering her time to collect and donate knives for apprentices throughout partner countries, fundraising events, master classes and supporting other young chefs starting their careers. She continues to up-skill through competitions, travel and is committed to a continuous learning regime.
Jessi is no stranger to major awards and achievements having represented Australia on the world stage in international culinary conferences.
In 2014, Jessi was also named the first Young Chef Ambassador for Australia and the Pacific Rim and in 2015 was nominated for both Victorian Young Achiever Award and Regional Achievement and Community Award, winning both categories for her contributions to the culinary industry in Australia.
“Representing Australia in Norway at 2014 World Chef’s Congress was an amazing experience and I am looking forward to going to Malaysia in July for this year’s Congress where I’ll network with other global ambassadors amongst the 96 WACS member countries,” she said.
Jessi will be joined on that Malaysia visit by four more young female chefs from Federation Training and she hopes to raise funding through a big event at Warragul’s Hogget Kitchen in late June.
“My fundraising dinner is $85.00 per person and will start at 6.30pm on Thursday 28 June. We’ll have a four course dinner, wine on arrival, door prizes and an optional raffle of fine local ingredients,” Jessi said.
Described as being one of the ‘up and coming female chefs in Australia’, Federation Training is exceptionally proud of Jessi and wishes her all the best as she begins her global ambassadorial role.