Why 2014 Korean Masterchef winner Gwangho Choi is back studying at William Blue

Gwangho Choi, known as ‘Sid’

Just when we thought it couldn't get any better! William Blue graduate and winner of the 2014 Korean Masterchef Gwangho Choi, known as ‘Sid’ by his fellow students, has decided to return to William Blue College of Hospitality and Management in Sydney to further his studies.

Gwangho Choi

Just when we thought it couldn't get any better! William Blue graduate and winner of the 2014 Korean Masterchef Gwangho Choi, known as ‘Sid’ by his fellow students, has decided to return to William Blue College of Hospitality and Management in Sydney to further his studies.

On most days, you'll find him studying, teaching and cooking up a storm in the William Blue Dining kitchens.

A few things have changed since Sid was last in Sydney. We've relocated into the original location of Neil Perry's iconic Rockpool and William Blue Dining now boasts a prime position in the historic Rocks. The icing on the cake? A short stroll down the road, our awesome new state-of-the-art campus is buzzing with students and views of the Opera House too.

We caught up with Sid to find out what another year studying at William Blue holds for him. 

Sid Coi

What does the new William Blue Dining offer you?

William Blue Dining offers great food and perfect service at a reasonable price. The Rocks is a landmark neighbourhood for the city and was also the old restaurant location of Rockpool run by Neil Perry so the area has a good reputation. The place has a great atmosphere making it a place for customers to really relax and can enjoy their food.

When I returned to Sydney, I spoke with Naj Haddad (Food and Beverage Supervisor), and he offered me a job at William Blue Dining. I am now employed as a chef to support the students and help the lecturer during service. I like working with new students who dont have experience in a busy kitchen. I like to see how they learn and grow and they remind me of when I first started cooking. 

What are you most looking forward to being back in Sydney for?

Sydney is a rising spot for restaurants. I expect that the city's trendy restaurant scene will offer invaluable insight and inspire my own potential business for future. Living in Sydney is quite different to living in Korea. I enjoyed living in Sydney and missed my life here.

What are you hoping to achieve during your remaining time at WB?

I want to achieve more experience and deeper educational experience. I know experience is important but I need the theory to develop a method for running my business. After graduation if I have the opportunity, I may open a restaurant or something similar. But who knows what the future holds!

Sid Gwangho Choi studied an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) at William Blue College of Hospitality Management and graduated in 2014. He has returned to WB and is currently studying a Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management).

Interested in being the next Masterchef? Enrol now and start 6 July.

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