Chef of the Year

The 2022 Chef of the Year competition will be held from 23-25 October at ICC Sydney. The competition is open to any professional chef working in a café, restaurant or commercial kitchen. There is a strict set of criteria and a team of culinary experts to judge the winner. To enter, submit an online entry form detailing your work experience and why you believe you should be selected. The top 32 entries will be selected to compete live in Sydney.   

This event will see chef compete against chef and the clock in a test of creativity, culinary knowledge and ingenuity. The finalists will have one hour to prepare dishes from a mystery box of ingredients.

Prizes include equipment (including a Unox LineMiss oven), clothing and a share in $10,000 prize money. However the ultimate honour is to be declared Australian Professional Chef of the Year by your peers.  

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See the 2021 Results   

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)

2021: Andrew Ballard, Simmer Catering (VIC)

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