Salute to Excellence Awards 2020 - Live Announcement

Well done to all finalists for making it through the nomination process during such a challenging time. A special congratulations to all Runner Ups and Winners on this very important achievement.  We welcome you to the industry and look forward to following your progress through your chosen careers. 
 

Cookery Category

WINNER: Samantha Boyd – Brisbane State High School (Prize: Village Roadshow – 2 x Tickets to Australian Outback Spectacular, Job Skills Queensland – Employment Mentoring, Work Experience at Star, Institute of Culinary Excellence – Chef Uniform & 1 x Knife kits)
RUNNER UP: Mackenzie Treloar – Helensvale State High School ( Prize: Surf Connect – 2 x Stand-up Paddle boarding Lessons (Value $100), Institute of Culinary Excellence – 1 x Knife kit, Work Experience at Star)
FINALIST: Jennifer Tyson - Brisbane Bayside State College
FINALIST: Julia Alon - Calamvale Community College
FINALIST: Tiarna Weston - Kirwan State High School

Food & Beverage Category

WINNER: Ella-Louise Merrigan – Calamvale Community College (Prize: Village Roadshow - 2 x Four Park Annual Pass, Work Experience at Star, Job Skills Queensland – Employment Mentoring, TAFE Diploma of Hospitality Management)
RUNNER UP: Rochelle Ballard – AXIAL Training / Longreach State High School (Prize: Voucher from Australian Age of Dinosaurs, Work Experience at Star)
FINALIST: Hannah Getawan - Calamvale Community College
FINALIST: Centuary Hardy - Maroochydore State High School

Tourism Category

WINNER: Eden Oldham – St Ursula’s College Yeppoon (Prize: Voucher from Capricorn Caves, Work Experience at Star, Job Skills Queensland – Employment Mentoring, Work Experience at Riverlife, TAFE Diploma of Travel & Tourism Management)
RUNNER UP: Charli Berger – Albany Creek State High School (Prize: Surf Connect – 2 x Stand-up Paddle boarding Lessons (Value $100), Work Experience at Star, Work Experience at Riverlife)
FINALIST: Chloe Dower - Albany Creek State High School
FINALIST: Lili Robinson - Maroochydore State High School

Teacher/Trainer of the Year

WINNER: Julie Lewis – Albany Creek State High School (Prize: Aussie World – 1 Family Pass, Work Experience at Star, Riverlife - 1 x Abseiling)
RUNNER UP: Stephanie Wright – Helensvale State High School (Prize: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – 1 Family Pass, Work Experience at Star)
FINALIST: Frank Guarnaccia - Envirotech Education
FINALIST: Christian Beattie - Kirwan State High School
FINALIST: Dylan Campbell - Training Unlimited Pty Ltd


Important message: Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, QTIC has modified the Salute to Excellence Awards program to allow for nominations and judging to take place completely online. The 'skills test day' for secondary students has been modified to include video submissions demonstrating practical skills, responses to written assessment submitted by PDF into the Judgify system, and face to face interviews with judges conducted through scheduled webinars.

The formal awards dinner will be postponed until early 2021. Finalists will not be kept in suspense until next year, QTIC will be holding an online event to announce the winners on the 27 July 2020.
 

Salute to Excellence Awards

The QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards acknowledges secondary students, employers, schools and registered training organisations for their contribution in the delivery of tourism, food and beverage and cookery qualifications through VETiS, and School Based Apprenticeship(s) or Traineeship(s).   

The QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards recognise:

  • Pathways and career opportunities within the tourism and hospitality industry for secondary students
  • Innovation and excellence by a teacher/trainer providing tourism and/or hospitality training to secondary students at a secondary school or registered training organisation (RTO),
  • Employers that have achieved excellence in the provision of tourism and hospitality school-based traineeship(s) and/or apprenticeship(s).

2020 Judging Panel 

Category Judge Organisation Role
Student - Cookery David Holmes The Star Gold Coast Executive Sous Chef Culinary Department
Student - Cookery Rahul Raj Mercure Brisbane Executive Chef
Student - Tourism Karen Thorburn Gateway to Industry Tourism & Hospitality Expert
Student - Tourism Karen Hellsten Mountain Wine Tours Managing Director
Student - Food and Beverage Adrienne Putelli Hilton Hotel Brisbane Director of Human Resources
Student - Food and Beverage Michelle Christoe NightQuarter and Malt Shovel Taphouse Director

Teacher/Trainer of the Year 

Abbey Blanchfield

Airtrain

Marketing and Sales Manager

Teacher/Trainer of the Year 

Arwen McGregor

Devon Pixies

Owner/Operator

Employer of the Year 

Helen Shoubridge

Aabon Apartments and Motel

Manager

Employer of the Year 

Douglas Innes-Will

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art

Executive Chef


QTIC is proud to be driving this initiative and remain committed to raising industry standards through training and education.

QTIC 2020 Salute to Excellence Sponsors

The QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards acknowledges secondary students, employers, schools and registered training organisations for their contribution in the delivery of tourism, food and beverage and cookery qualifications through VETiS, and School Based Apprenticeship(s) or Traineeship(s).   

Platinum Sponsors:
        


Silver Sponsors:




Prize Sponsors: 

                    
Work Experience for finalists:

 

For more information about entering or sponsoring the Salute to Excellence Awards, please contact our Workforce Development team on 07 3236 1445.


 

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Use of Photographs and Personal Information

Award entrants, nominees and ticket purchasers are advised that we will collect your personal information for the purpose of communicating with you about the awards and associated events. This information may be kept on file (hard copy and/or electronic) for future reference.  

The Salute to Excellence Skills Test Day and Awards Dinner will be filmed and photographed for publicity and marketing purposes in printed publications and the Internet (websites and social media). If you do not give consent for your voice and/or image to be used in our printed or electronic publications, you must advise photographers in attendance that you do not want your image captured for publicity purposes.

For more information, view our Privacy Policy or request a hard copy by contacting us on 07 3236 1445 or info@qtic.com.au, or write to Queensland Tourism Industry Council, C/- Office Manager, PO Box 13162, George Street QLD 4003.