Bocuse d'Or Australia

The world’s most elite culinary competition

Australia’s next competitor for the elite Bocuse d’Or world cuisine contest will be decided at Foodservice Australia on Sunday 18 May 2025.

Four finalists, selected to meet international criteria, will compete with their commis chefs in a challenging five and half-hour contest of talent, technique, endurance and creativity, hosted by renowned chef Scott Pickett and award-winning journalist Donna Demaio.

The winner will receive the prestigious ‘Golden Knife’ trophy, plus a trip to compete in the Bocuse d’Or Asia Pacific 2026. If placed in the top five in Asia Pacific, the chef and commis will go on to represent Australia in the Grand Final in Lyon 2027.

Come and watch as the four finalists prepare a lavish dish on a plate and an elaborate platter, then present them to a panel of judges headed up by Bocuse d’Or Australia President Tom Milligan. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the show commencing at 4.00pm.

The 2023 Finalists:


Clockwise from top left:

Kitchen 1

Paul Golding – Head Chef, Bunjil Place, Melbourne

Assisted by Chris Milligan – Chef, Maha, Melbourne 


Kitchen 2

Amber Heaton – Demi Chef, The Star Gold Coast

Assisted by Abbey Kuhnell, Apprentice Chef, The Star Gold Coast


Kitchen 3

Trevor Jenkins – Culinary Trainer, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Melbourne

Assisted by Bethany Harman – Apprentice Chef, Vue de Monde, Melbourne


Kitchen 4

Tommy Prosser – Chef Director, Hospitality Works, Sydney

Assisted by Isabel Macdonald ­– Apprentice Chef, TAFE NSW Ryde.

Judges Bocuse d’Or Australia 2023

VIP Judges


Tom Milligan

Executive Chef, The Australian Club

President, Bocuse d’Or Australia, Bocuse d’Or Chef 1995


Philippe Mouchel

Chef Owner, Restaurant Philippe

Honorary Life President, Bocuse d’Or Australia


Kitchen Jury


Dan Arnold

Chef Owner, Restaurant Dan Arnold

Coach Bocuse d’Or 2023, Bocuse d’Or Chef 2017


Andrew Ballard

Chef Owner, Simmer Culinary

Bocuse d’Or NZ Chef 2019-21


Dale Lyman

Chef Instructor William Angliss Institute



Laura Skvor

Chef Entrepreneur, Heirloom Provisions

Commis Chef Bocuse d’Or 2019


Bernd Uber

Chef Educator



Vegetarian Jury


Michael Cole

Chef Owner, MOKE Dining

Bocuse d’Or Chef 2019


Karen Doyle

Program Manager, Le Cordon Bleu Australia

ACF National President


Deepak Mishra

Director of Culinary Operations, Pan Pacific Melbourne

Vice President, Bocuse d’Or Australia


Josh Pelham

Executive Chef, Crown Resorts Flemington

Bocuse d’Or Chef 2020


Meat Jury


Alex McIntosh

Executive Chef, Sou’West Brewery

Bocuse d’Or Chef 2023


Stephen Nairn

Executive Chef, Omnia, Yugen


Sascha Randle

Production Manager, Meatsmith


Andrew Smaniotto

General Manager Food & Beverage, Geelong Cats Football Club

2023 MCs

Clockwise from top left:

Scott Pickett, Bocuse d’Or Australia Jury Member and former Team Coach, owns nine venues plus a catering venture under the Scott Pickett Group banner.

Donna Demaio is a freelance journalist who has covered Melbourne’s entertainment, arts, food, film, travel, fashion and general news for the past 30 years in print, radio and TV.