The annual Student Awards Ceremony is a celebration of Challenger Institute's exceptional students. This year's event was held on Wednesday 10 April at Notre Dame University in Fremantle. The 2013 event honours the best students of the 2012 academic year.
The ceremony is an opportunity for Challenger to honour and reward students whose commitment to training has set them apart from their peers. It is also a chance for the students to celebrate their achievements with family and friends and the Challenger lecturers and staff who contributed to their success.
More than 70 students from across Challenger Institute received an Achievement Award for being the best student in their respective course. Five major award winners were announced in the categories of Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year, Aboriginal Student of the Year and VET in Schools Student of the Year.
Challenger’s Governing Council chair Paddi Creevey delivered the keynote speech and chief executive officer Liz Harris presented the major awards. Our special guest speaker for the night was multi-award winning chef Brendan Pratt, a former Challenger Student of the Year who has also won the Electrolux Young Chef of the Year and the 2007 WA Apprentice of the Year.
During his career, Brendan has travelled to the United Kingdom and Europe to work in some of the world’s best restaurants including Michelin Star restaurants The Fat Duck, owned and run by well-known celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, and The Ritz, where he had the privilege of cooking for the Queen. Brendan is currently head chef at Indiana Cottesloe Beach.
Images from 2013's Student Awards Ceremony, celebrating standout students whograduated in 2012.