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 in 2020 at Foodservice Australia at the ICC Sydney.  If you want to be a part of this exciting event then read through the guidelines at the bottom of this page and complete the entry form. Entries close at 5pm on 9 October 2020.

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Judges and Comperes for 2020

John McFadden, Group Executive Chef

Al Aseel

Amanda Fuller, Group Chef

Sam Prince Group

Claire Van Vuuren

Bloodwood Newtown

Adam Moore, Corporate Chef & BDM


Robin Murray, Chef/Owner

Centennial Vineyards Restaurant & Mandemar Farmhouse

Tawnya Bahr, Straight to the Source


Peter Howard AM


Last year's results

In 2019 Chef of the Year was held in the middle of the Foodservice Australia exhibition. We had 180 entries from all around Australia. From that amazing group of chefs our judges selected 32 to compete in our live kitchens over three days of knock out rounds.

The four candidates who met in the Grand Final were Ollie Hansford - The Stokehouse, Michael Cole - Georgie Bass, Tom Brockbank - Hotel Windsor and Josh Pelham - RACV Cape Schanck. At the end it was Michael Cole who took the crown and was named Chef of the Year 2019.

2019 senior judges included John McFadden, Mark Normoyle, and Deepak Mishra. Guest judges were Sascha Randle, Tom Milligan, Bas Van Uyen, and Daniel Soto. Competition Director was Gary Farrell assisted by Renae Rossitto and Matt Weller. MCs were Peter Howard AM, and Dani Valent.

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2019 draw and winners

Chef of the Year rules and handy tips

Register to attend the show & watch the competition

Previous winners

      2019: Michael Cole, Georgie Bass (VIC)

      2018: Jack Lee, Bean Smuggler (VIC)

      2017: Michael Cole, Georgie Bass (VIC)

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

      2015: Chris Malone, Balthazar (WA)

      2014: Matthew McCool, Altitude (NSW)

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

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

      2011: Nicolas Poelaert, Embrasse (VIC)

      2010: John Lanzafame, Lanzafame Trattoria at Star (NSW)