Bocuse d'Or Australia

The world’s most elite culinary competition

Australia’s next competitor in the elite Bocuse d’Or world cuisine contest will be decided at Foodservice Australia on Sunday 27 February 2022, featuring MCs George Calombaris, Luke Croston and Hilary McNevin.

Four finalists – Leslie Chan, Paul Golding, Sweta Baichoo and Alex McIntosh – will compete with their commis chefs in a challenging contest of talent, technique, endurance and creativity.

The winner will receive a stunning trophy and the prestigious title of Bocuse d’Or Australia 2021, plus a trip to compete in the Bocuse d’Or Asia Pacific 2022. If placed in the top five, the chef and commis will go on to represent Australia in the Grand Final in Lyon 2023.

Come and watch as the four finalists prepare a lavish fish dish on a plate and an intricate meat dish on a platter, then present them to a panel of judges headed up by Bocuse d’Or Australia President Tom Milligan. 

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2021 Finalists


Clockwise from top left:

Sweta Baichoo – Sous Chef, Pullman Melbourne on the Park


Alex McIntosh – Head Chef, Sou'West Brewery

Assisted by Sam Heritage, Sou'West Brewery


Leslie Chan – Head of Food Innovation & Training, Sushi Sushi

Assisted by Christopher Sdregas, Koi Koi


Paul Golding – Head Chef, Snooks Catering

Assisted by Tristan Spain, Vue de Monde


Luke Croston

George Calombaris

Hilary McNevin

Gabriel Gate

Ambassador, Bocuse d'Or Australia


Head Judge:

Tom Milligan - Technical Director Le Cordon Bleu Australia and President, Bocuse d'Or Australia (pictured centre)


Fish Judges:

Scott Pickett – Head Coach and Bocuse d’Or Australia Chef 2005

Jo Barrett – Future Food System

Deepak Mishra – Hotel Chadstone Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel

Dan Arnold – Restaurant Dan Arnold, Bocuse d’Or Australian Chef 2017


Meat Judges:

Romain Bapst – Bocuse d’Or President 2011-14

Karen Doyle – ACF National President

Andre Smaniotto - Geelong Stadium

Joseph Vargetto -  Mister Bianco, Massie, Bocuse d’Or Australia Chef 2001


Kitchen Judges:

Brad French – Crown Resorts

Dale Lyman – William Angliss/ACF WACS Judge 

Stephen Nairn - Omnia

Bernd Uber – ACF/ WACS Judge