Training Chef Amy
comes back home
for Christmas
Amy at Mugaritz Amy at Mugaritz

Training chef Amy Stanley is coming back from Spain after spending a once in a lifetime opportunity: an apprentice placement under renowned Head Chef Andoni at Mugaritz, voted fifth best in the world in the San Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants.

See Amy in action after 2'30"

Amy was chosen amongst high achievers, to take on this opportunity as a result of outstanding participation and enthusiasm during her studies at Holmesglen, and additionally at key events such as a Masterclass during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival last year.

- What's your experience in hospitality?
I haven't got a great deal of experience yet as I'm only a 2nd year in training as a chef! I have worked with Mathew Macartney out at Chataeu Yering since I started cooking and around eight months in Spain at Mugaritz.

- We imagine it was a very competitive process to be chosen for this unique placement; why do you think you were chosen?
I am not 100% sure exactly why I was chosen but I would imagine it was because of my passion for cooking and enthusiasm to learn as much as I possibly can!

- What's different compared to your experience in Australia? What are the new techniques applied and ingredients you've learned?
Everything is different compared to Australia. The language, the people and the traditions, everything but the cooking techniques, as they are more or less the same regardless of where you are from or what language you speak. I have learnt a lot of different styles that I automatically do without knowing so it's hard to tell. But I know for sure that my organisation and general thinking skills have improved.

- What's the weirdest thing or most unexpected experience at Andoni Luis Aduriz's Mugarit they do at Mugaritz?
Some ingredients I have come across such as cow's tongue, pig's tail and a few others that I would not even imagine eating... But that I have eaten and enjoyed, totally unexpected.

- When you are tired and don't have much time, you cook...
Not really. I tend to cook when I have a lot of energy otherwise I'm happy to settle for very simple food, the kind of food that doesn't take too long to prepare, such as a slice of toast with butter and vegemite or salad.

- Have you learned some Spanish? What's your favorite Spanish saying or proverb?
I have learnt a bit of Spanish but not as much as I could have to, although I'm happy with what I do know. I tend to use "Que haces" which translates to "what are you doing?!"

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