Queensland Chef of the Year

Who is Queensland's best professional chef?

Watch Queensland's hottest chefs compete in the Queensland Chef of the Year competition. It is running as part of Food & Hospitality Queensland expo from 4-5 August 2024.

This prestigious event sees chef compete against chef and the clock in a test of creativity, culinary knowledge and ingenuity. The chosen 28 finalists have one hour to prepare two dishes from a mystery box of ingredients and will be scored by a team of respected industry judges.

The Queensland Chef of the Year competition is one of the most rewarding in the country. The winners are eligible for cash prizes, Unox ovens and a trip to Melbourne for the Australian Chef of the Year.

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Rules and some handy tips

The 2023 Draw:


The 2023 Finalists:

  1. Kohel Mintz - Head Chef, Adela Wine Bar, Albion
  2. Alan Stogryn - Sous Chef, La Boca, Brisbane
  3. Grant Parry - Chef de Cuisine, Royal Pines Resort, Benowa
  4. Wesley Marshall - Head Chef, The Wolf, Brisbane
  5. Marco GoZalves - Head Chef, Mozzafiato at Elite, Carrara
  6. Paul Humbert - Chef, Restaurant Dan Arnold, Brisbane
  7. Roberto D'Anna - Head Chef, The French Table, Cleveland
  8. Robert Yates - Chef de Partie, Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Robina
  9. Daryl Zeitzen - Chef, Good Grace, Kenmoore
  10. Sammuel Lee - Sous Chef, The Queensland Club, Brisbane
  11. Yan Ng - Sous Chef, W Hotel Brisbane, Brisbane
  12. Nazifi Gul - Sous Chef, Mado Restaurant, South Brisbane
  13. Cayetano Cruz - Chef, La Cache a Vin, Brisbane
  14. Amber Newitt - Owner Head Chef, Our Famiglia Home Dining , Morningside
  15. Louis Seo- Director, KatsuCo Brisbane, Toowong
  16. Lee-Anne Mohr - Head Chef, The Sands Tavern, Maroochydore
  17. Amir Mahat - Head Chef, Mi Casa, Underwood
  18. Adam Coyne - Executive Sous Chef, dnata Catering, Brisbane Airport
  19. Brandon Hanak - Executive Chef, Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club, Noosaville
  20. Davide Incardona - Executive Chef, Pier 33, Mooloolaba
  21. Anthony Dunne - Head Chef, Bella Venizia, Mooloolaba
  22. Jed Sneddon - Chef/Owner, Kai, Port Douglas
  23. Anette Dy - Chef de Partie, Hotel Maroochydore, Maroochydore
  24. Eduardo Obando - Head Chef, Que Dining, Newport
  25. Daniel Peters - Head Chef, Candy Cafe, Cairns
  26. Phoebe Jane Chua - Chef de Partie, CBD Hotel, Varsity Lakes
  27. Samantha Green - Head Chef, Compass Group - Flight Centre HQ, Wilston
  28. Egidio Ayala Pana Junior - Head Chef, Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort, Twin Waters

2023 Judges:

Karen Doyle - Head Judge

Le Cordon Bleu

Dan Arnold

Chef/Owner, Restaurant Dan Arnold

Gary Johnson


Caleb Bilewicz


Paul Rifkin

Consultant Chef

Shane Keighley

Restaurant Dan Arnold

2023 Competition Director and MCs:

Peter Wright - Global Hospitality

Competition Director

Glenn Flood

Consultant & Culinary Curator

2023 Sponsors: