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Ian Oakes

HEAD CHEF & OWNER - DRAKE EATERY Ian Oakes was born and raised in Sydney and with it came his enthusiasm for fresh, quality food that reflects the Australian way of life. Ian is passionate about using seasonal, locally sourced produce to create innovative dishes and memorable flavours. As Head Chef at the much loved [...]

Corey Costelloe

35 year old Corey Costelloe, Head Chef at Rockpool Bar & Grill in Sydney nurtured his instinctive love of food as a teenager by taking high school jobs as a kitchen hand and helping his uncle at Flemington Markets on Saturday mornings, hiring out barrows and trolleys. His cooking career in earnest began at the age of [...]

Laura Baratto

Laura Baratto – Head Chef Laura was born and raised on a property on Sydney’s city fringe and knew from an early age that cooking was in her blood. As a young girl, Laura would often be found in the kitchen with her mum or Nonna. Laura completed her hospitality training at Ryde TAFE where [...]

Ian Curley

Executive Chef of The European Group venues and owner of Kirk’s Wine Bar, Ian Curley must be one of the busiest Chef’s in Melbourne. With ten venues, 12 kitchens and multiple menus to oversee, his work is never done. He has even been known to be spotted polishing glasses in the bar if that’s where [...]

Zac Nicholson

Zac Nicholson completed his apprenticeship at Fishtales Café Warnambool in 2003 and moved on to the Hotel Warnambool, where he learnt the ins and outs of working within a busy kitchen. After travelling around Canada and the US for 18 months, he returned to Melbourne in 2006 and worked at the Wesley Anne and Corner [...]

Barry McDonald

Barry McDonald’s Fratelli Fresh and Café Sopra restaurants and food stores have become a Sydney institution. Italian influenced dinning and fresh produce are the hallmarks. Fratelli Fresh has five restaurants, including Cafe Nice, a new addition focusing on the food from the South of France. Recently, and marking the 10th year of Fratelli Fresh a [...]

Michael McMahon

Michael and his wife Judy have been fixtures in the Sydney dining scene since its modern birth at Berowra Waters Inn, and has established a dedication to excellence in restaurants that children James and Kate strive to emulate. Michael began his career with the late Len Evans (OBE), working at the legendary Bulletin Place. In [...]

Maurice Terzini

Born in Melbourne to Italian parents, and moving to Pescara (an Italian town on the Adriatic Coast) at the age of nine, it has been Terzini’s “memories of food and sharing meals in Italy” that has influenced the style of food he serves in his restaurants. He opened Caffe e Cucina in 1998, the ubiquitous [...]

Matt Moran

Matt Moran is the well-known Australian chef and restaurateur of a number of successful restaurants including ARIA Sydney, ARIA Brisbane, CHISWICK, Opera Bar, Riverbar & Kitchen, North Bondi Fish and CHISIWICK at The Gallery. In addition, he is the owner of ARIA Catering, an event company based in Sydney, Brisbane & exclusively at the Sydney [...]

Robert Marchetti

Robert Marchetti, Executive Chef of QT began his cooking career at the age of 14 working with his brother in renowned Melbourne restaurants such as Café Maximus, Marchetti’s Latin, and Marchetti’s Tuscan Grill. After completing his apprenticeship, he worked in many of Melbourne’s favourite restaurants including a stint at Iain Hewiston’s Memories of the Mediterranean [...]