Bocuse d'Or Australia 2021

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 Tuesday 24 August 2021, featuring MCs George Calombaris, Luke Croston and Hilary McNevin.

Four finalists, selected to meet international criteria, will compete with their commis chefs in a challenging six-hour contest of talent, technique, endurance and creativity.

The winner will receive a gold 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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Tom Milligan

President - Bocuse d'Or Australia

Luke Croston

George Calombaris

Hilary McNevin




Head Judge: Tom Milligan


Fish Judges:

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

Jo Barrett – Future Food System

Deepak Mishra – Hotel Chadstone Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel

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


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:

Andrew Ballard – Bocuse d’Or New Zealand Chef 2019, 2021

Brad French – Crown Resorts

Dale Lyman – William Angliss/ACF WACS Judge

Bernd Uber – ACF/ WACS Judge

Gabriel Gate

MC at The Road to Lyon Dinner 2021