Chef of the Year

Watch Australia's hottest chefs compete! 

Chef of the Year is the most prestigious chef competition in Australia. This year it ran in Sydney from 19-21 May as part of the huge Foodservice Australia trade exhibition. 

Chefs are given one hour and a mystery box of ingredients. They compete against each other and the clock to present the best dishes. If successful they go through to the next round. There are over $25,000 in cash and prizes to be won.

This year the winner was Tommy Prosser from Crustacean Nation in Sydney. The other Grand Finalists were Sam Smith from Ponte Bar & Dining, Sean Cameron from Elsewhere at Sam and Oliver Garrioch from Cumulus Inc

Proudly presented by Unox, Bidfood and Anchor Food Professionals. Additional support from Alsco Uniforms, Oil2U, Bone Roasters, Love Buds, Glad to be Green and ICC Sydney. 

Next year the competition will run in Melbourne from 18-20 May 2025. Entries will open soon. 

Rules & Tips   

Entries Closed

The 2024 Finalists:

Jessica Roe

Sous Chef, Bistro Guillaume

Burswood, WA

Steve Gleeson

Executive Chef, Art Gallery of NSW

Domaine, NSW

Evan Burrows

Area Chef, Australian Venue Co

Southbank, VIC

Peter Sheldon

Executive chef, The European

Melbourne, VIC

Liam Brnic

Chef, Crown Perth

Burswood, WA

Tommy Prosser

Owner, Crustacean Nation

Eveleigh, NSW

Oliver Garrioch

Chef de Partie, Cumulus Inc

Melbourne, VIC

Moonrat Chowdhury

Executive Chef, Dolton House

Pyrmont, NSW

Sean Cameron

Head Chef, Elsewhere at SAM

Shepparton, VIC

Jack Basoff

Junior Sous Chef, Fullerton Hotel

Sydney, NSW

Kieran Curtis

Head Chef, Funk Drinks Co.

Henley Brook,WA

Nicolas Liglet

Executive Chef, Harbour View Hotel

Dawes Point, NSW

Jalen Santos

Chef, Major Mitchell Café

Carnegie, VIC

Michélle Van Sittert

Function Chef, Mali Brae Farm

Moss Vale, NSW

Nicola Ronconi

Executive Chef, Nico

Cammeray, NSW

Dayan Hartill-Law

Executive Chef, Palette

Surfers Paradise, QLD

Nikhil Desai

Sous Chef, Park Hyatt

Melbourne, VIC

Rich Bihag

Sous Chef, Polish Club Ashfield

Ashfield, NSW

Sam Smith

Head Chef, Ponte Bar & Dining

Nowra, NSW

Linney Breytenbach

Head Chef, Private Chef

Frankland River, WA

Dinesh Silwal

Chef, Rockpool Bar & Grill

Southbank, VIC

Dino Ng

Executive Sous Chef, Rydges Southbank

South Brisbane, QLD

Haoran Shen

Senior Head Chef, St Vincents Care Services

Hawthorn East, VIC

LeeAnne Mohr

Head Chef, Surfair Beach Hotel

Marcoola, QLD

Lucas Doan

Executive Chef, The D's Bar & Dining

Marrickville, NSW

Tan Minh Tran

Chef de Partie, The George Hotel

Bathurst, NSW

Grant Parry

Head Chef, The Star

Broadbeach, QLD

Allen Varghese

Chef De Cuisine, TWR

Barangaroo, NSW

Paolo Lagniton

Senior Sous Chef, Royal Sydney Golf Cub


Travis Crane

Head Chef, Voyager Estate

Margaret River, WA

Matthew Kennedy

Executive Chef, Mr Miyagi

Windsor, VIC

Harrison Duncan

Sous Chef, BTWN @ W Hotel

Sydney, NSW

2024 Judges:

John McFadden

Claire Van Vuuren


Amanda Fuller

Sam Prince Hospitality Group

Jamie Gannon

Laundy Hotels

Simon Sandall

Boronia Kitchen

Darren Templeman


Justin North

Concept Hospitality

George Calombaris

Hellenic House Project

2024 MCs:

Glenn Flood

Leadership Trainer

Tawnya Bahr

Straight to the Source

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)

2022: Konstantin Putkin, The Boatyard (TAS)

2023: Tom Hitchcock, The Spirit House (QLD)

2024: Tommy Prosser, Crustacean Nation (NSW)