Chef of the Year

Who is Australia's best professional chef?

Rare Medium Chef of the YearThe 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. 
2016 winner    Matt Weller             Royal Canberra Golf Club
2015 winner    Chris Malone          Balthazar, Perth
2014 winner    Matthew McCool    Altitude Hotel, Shangri La Hotel
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
Last year the competition ran at the Foodservice Australia show in Sydney. From over 150 entries the judges selected 32 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 Matt Weller from the Royal Canberra Golf Club who took home the trophy and cash.
This year the competition will be held in Melbourne from 28-30 May. It will run right in the middle of the Foodservice Australia tradeshow at the Royal Exhibition Building. There will four live kitchens plus stadium seating and commentary. From almost 200 entries the 26 finalistshave been chosen. 
The Chef of the Year is brought to you by Gold Sponsors Unox Australia, Chobani and Rare Medium. Also Silver Sponsors Alsco, Sous Vide, Kangan Institute, University Meat and Robot Coupe. Click on the logos to discover more about these leading industry suppliers.
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University Meat

  Robot Coupe  




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Exhibitors include

Advantage Kitchens
Dominique Portet
University Meat
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