Chef of the Year

Chef of the Year is the most prestigious cooking competition in Australia. This year it will be running as part of the Foodservice Australia exhibition in Sydney from 23-25 October 2022. 

Chefs will be given a mystery box of ingredients and one hour to prepare their best two dishes. They will be competing against the clock and each other. They will be scored by a team of respected industry judges.

Every competitor receives a chef jacket and sponsored products. The winner takes home the trophy, a Unox LineMiss oven and a share of $10,000 prize money. Most importantly they all get to share an amazing experience.  

Entry is free and open to any professional chef working in Australia. To be considered you must complete an online entry form detailing your experience and tell us why you want to be involved. The top 32 entries will be selected to compete live in Sydney.   


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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)

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