Chef of the Year

Who is Australia's best professional chef?

Chef of the Year is a competition that gives you a chance to showcase your skills, promote your restaurant, network with fellow professionals and win a share of $10,000 cash and prizes. 

Chef will compete against chef and the clock in a test of creativity, culinary knowledge and ingenuity. Chefs have one hour to prepare two signature dishes using sponsors products from a mystery box of ingredients.

This annual competition attracts entries from professional chefs from around Australia. There is a strict set of criteria, and a team of culinary experts to judge the winner. It is the most highly regarded and competitive professional chef event in the country. 

The competition will be held from 27 February - 1 March 2022 at Foodservice Australia in Melbourne.  Applications will close on 31 January, and finalists will be announced on 8 February. 

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If you are based in Queensland, it's not too late to enter Queensland Chef of the Year. 

Judges:

John McFadden, State Development Manager, NSW

Goodrop Oils

Amanda Fuller, Group Chef

Sam Prince Group

Mark Normoyle, Executive Chef

Lunas Food & Wine Bar, Anchor Food Professionals

Bas Van Uyen, Executive Chef

Rydges Melbourne & Locanda Restaurant

Donovan Cooke

Ryne

Beth Candy, Head Chef

Balgownie Estate

MCs:

Dani Valent

Glenn Flood

Consultant & Culinary Curator

Tawnya Bahr

Straight to the Source

Competition Director

Peter Wright

Global Hospitality Group

Previous winners of Chef of the Year


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)

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