The Curious Epicure

The TYC program, now commonly known as the Ready to Work (RTW) program, is a national youth internship program, which helps to prepare people for jobs in the tourism industry. The program follows emerit training, as put forward by Tourism HR Canada and its provincial and territorial partners. It features a mix of classroom and on-the-job training, which provides people with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and experience necessary for long-term stable employment in tourism – one of Canada’s fastest growing industries.

Throughout his journey, Trevor has enjoyed a variety of jobs with increasing responsibility. Having had the opportunity to travel with his work, he eventually returned to his home province with a wealth of experience and an abundant talent.  Trevor is now the Kitchen Manager and Sous Chef at Gaffers Gourmet Bistro in Clarenville.

“It’s a great place to work because there’s no set menu,” Trevor explains. “Everyday I go out and search for the freshest, most interesting ingredients. Then, I bring everything back to the restaurant and figure out what I’m going to make.”

At 23, Trevor’s creative ingenuity and love of cooking have not gone unnoticed. This Chef Apprentice has been the subject of several media stories, helping build the bistro’s brand to the point where it’s now launching a wholesale frozen food line. “It’s going really well --we’re serving all of Newfoundland now,” says Trevor, proudly.

Trevor has continued his studies and plans to be certified as a journeyman chef within the year. Ultimately, he hopes to launch his own TV cooking show to take his knack for making great food from ordinary ingredients to the public. Last year Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador got him one step closer to that goal by arranging an opportunity to meet TV’s James Barber, and, Adam confides, “He encouraged me to go for it!” 

Trevor Adams, Kitchen Manager and Sous Chef, Gaffers Restaurant, Clarenville, Newfoundland