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Australians seek career change as Masterchef fever sweeps nation

Reality cooking show, Masterchef Australia has inspired a nation with everyday Australians now looking for a new career – as a chef.

The show has been a favourite with the Australian public, with over 3.7 million viewers tuning in last night to see Julie Goodwin edge out competitor Poh Ling Yeow to take the title of Australia’s first Masterchef.

The hospitality industry has been given a much needed boost as a result of the show. Cooking classes are now in high demand, and many are now seeking a career change and enrolling in hospitality schools.

Runner up Poh Ling has inspired a new generation of student chefs in her hometown of Adelaide, with leading hospitality school TAFE SA’s Regency International Centre reporting its largest increase of start-up students in two decades.

Similarly, in the NSW Hunter Region, cooking classes are being overrun with students wanting to be the next Masterchef.

According to reports in the Newcastle Herald, the number of students in WEA Hunter cooking classes has doubled since the Channel Ten series went to air in April.

Hunter Institute of TAFE tourism and hospitality faculty director Gary Sewell said the reality cooking show has made the hospitality industry “sexy and contemporary.”

Channel 10 is set to launch a celebrity MasterChef which will air in October, while a second series of the amateur cooking show will start in April next year.

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