Chef of the Year

Who is Australia's best professional chef?

The Chef of the Year competition sees chef compete against chef and the clock in a test of creativity, culinary knowledge and ingenuity. They have one hour to prepare their best dishes from a mystery box of ingredients.

This annual competition attracts entries from professional chefs from around Australia. There is a strict set of criteria, and a team of culinary experts to judge the winner. It is the most highly regarded and competitive professional chef event in the country. 
2017 winner    Michael Cole          Georgie Bass, Flinders
2016 winner    Matt Weller             Royal Canberra Golf Club
2015 winner    Chris Malone          Balthazar, Perth
2014 winner    Matthew McCool    Altitude Hotel, Shangri La Hotel, Sydney
2013 winner    Neil Abrahams       Royal Canberra Golf Club
2012 winner    Neil Abrahams       Royal Canberra Golf Club
2011 winner    Nicolas Poelaert     Embrasse Restaurant, Melbourne
2010 winner    Soren Lascelles     Assiette Restaurant, Melbourne
2008 winner    John Lanzafame     Hugo's, Sydney
In 2017 the competition ran at the Foodservice Australia show in Melbourne. From 194 entries the judges selected 28 finalists who competed live at the show. It was then cut to eight and then a final four. After a tense and close battle it was Michael Cole from Georgie Bass in Flinders who took home the trophy and cash.
This year the competition will be held at the new convention centre in Sydney from 27-29 May. Once again it will run right in the middle of the Foodservice Australia tradeshow. There will four live kitchens plus stadium seating and big screens. Entries are now open.  
The Chef of the Year is brought to you by Gold Sponsors Unox Australia, Australian Pork and Chobani. Also Silver Sponsors Alsco and Robot Coupe. Click on the logos to discover more about these leading industry suppliers.
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