Chef of the Year

Do you have what it takes to be the next Australian Professional Chef of the Year? 

Entries are now open

Chef of the Year is the most prestigious chef competition in Australia open to any professional chef working in a café, restaurant or commercial kitchen. Entries are open for the next competition that will take place on 19 - 21 May 2024 at the ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour. 

This event see's chef compete against chef and the clock in a test of creativity, culinary knowledge and ingenuity. The chosen 32 finalists will have one hour to prepare 2 dishes from a mystery box of ingredients and will be scored by a team of respected industry judges.

Every competitor will receive a certificate, chef jacket and sponsored products. The winners will share in over $10,000 cash and valuable prizes. 

If you are a professional chef who wants to lift your profile and sharpen your skills enter now! Entries close at 5pm on Monday 15 April 2024. 

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Rules & Tips   

See the 2023 Results   

2024 Judges:

John McFadden

Claire Van Vuuren


Amanda Fuller

Sam Prince Hospitality Group

Jamie Gannon

Laundy Hotels

Simon Sandall

Boronia Kitchen

Darren Templeman


Justin North

Concept Hospitality

George Calombaris

Hellenic House Project

2024 MCs:

Glenn Flood

Leadership Trainer

Tawnya Bahr

Straight to the Source

Competition Director

Peter Wright

Global Hospitality Group

Previous winners of Chef of the Year

2010: John Lanzafame, Hugo’s (NSW)

2011: Nicolas Poelaert, Embrasse (VIC)

2012: Neil Abrahams, Royal Canberra Golf Club (ACT)

2013: Neil Abrahams, Royal Canberra Golf Club (ACT)

2014: Matthew McCool, Altitude (NSW)

2015: Chris Malone, Balthazar (WA)

2016: Matt Weller, Royal Canberra Golf Club (ACT)

2017: Michael Cole, Georgie Bass (VIC)

2018: Jack Lee, Bean Smuggler (VIC)

2019: Michael Cole, Georgie Bass (VIC)

2021: Andrew Ballard, Simmer Catering (VIC)

2022: Konstantin Putkin, The Boatyard (TAS)

2023: Tom Hitchcock, The Spirit House (QLD)

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