ACF Restaurant Challenge

In 2019 there will be two new cooking competition at Foodservice Australia, organised by the Australian Culinary Federation, the Global Chef Challenge and the Battle of the Pacific.

Global Chef Challenge

On Sunday we will see the Pacific Region Semi Finals of the Global Chef Competition. Competitors will be coming from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Competitors will prepare and present their dishes to the international judges. The winners will then compete in Russia at the Worldchefs Congress.

7am-10am Global Young Chef

Judges: Brendan Hill, Michael Strautmanis, Matt McBain

Competitors: Rebeca Merhi (Australia) William Pokino (Cook Islands) Ravinesh Prasad (Fiji) Cole McDonald (New Zealand)11am-2pm Global Chef

11am-2pm Global Chef

Judges: Michael Strautmanis, Karen Doyle, Matt McBain, Emmanuel Lorieux

Competitors: Mathew Lee (Australia) Ngattopuna Vou Williams (Cook Islands) Navneet Reddy (Fiji) Marc Soper (New Zealand)

3pm-5pm Global Pastry Chef

Judges: Karen Doyle, Dale Lyman, Emmanuel Lorieux, Gary Miller

Competitors: Muni Vikash Chetty (Fiji) Ganesh Khedekar (New Zealand

Battle of the Pacific

On Monday and Tuesday we will see eight pop-up restaurants operating on the show floor. Teams of four will each prepare lunch for 40 guests. To buy tickets to the lunch, click here

Judges: Andre Kropp, Shane Keighley, Matt McBain, Gary Miller


Federation of Italian Chefs

Alessandro Biviano, Giorgio Distefano, Carmela D’Amore,

Interstate Team

Rosie Griffiths, Nathan Mitchell, Andrew Bath


Kelvyn Yeoh, Chun Kok, Xiaoying Chen

Australian National Culinary Youth Team

Billy Fox, Tori Pickens, Nattawat Thiengdee



Navneet Reddy, Ravinesh Prasad, Muni Vikash Chatty,

Country Club Tasmania

Christopher Wright, Adam Lockhart , Aleksander MacKowski,

New Zealand

Eric Lim, Marc Soper, Cole McDonald,


Neil li, Michael Norton, Robin Kelly, s

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