Written by Australian Commis of the Year, Mornington Peninsula’s Laura Skvor

I started my apprenticeship in April 2016 at Petite Tracteur in Red Hill. I spent a year there before receiving the amazing opportunity to compete in the Bocuse d’Or, the worlds greatest culinary competition with Michael Cole, a local Flinders Chef.
Being an apprentice has been an amazing and challenging experience. I have been lucky enough to have so many amazing mentors, from the Chefs I have cooked under to my instructor at Rosebud Chisholm TAFE.
There are so many amazing restaurants on the Mornington Peninsula and with that comes a multitude of great opportunities for apprentices to learn and grow. My time with Petite Tracteur really taught me the fundamentals of being a chef. I learnt how a kitchen runs and to cook good French food.
Meeting and training under Michael Cole has really challenged my thinking on cooking. He is such a passionate and innovative chef who always pushes me to find the next idea or to refine a previous one to perfection.
The hospitality community on the Mornington Peninsula is second to none. People