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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Handy rules and tips

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


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


Beth Candy, Head Chef

Balgownie Estate


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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