Queensland Chef of the Year

Who is Queensland's best professional chef?

The Queensland Chef of the Year competition was held at Food and Hospitality Queensland and saw chef compete against chef and the clock in a test of creativity, culinary knowledge and ingenuity. They had one hour to prepare their best dishes from a mystery box of ingredients.

Brisbane chef Marcus Hillier has won the first ever Queensland Chef of the Year, claiming the prestigious title after two days of heated competition. Hillier, who is sous chef at Factory 51 in Coorparoo, was one of 28 chefs selected to compete in Brisbane on Sunday and Monday. He was one of the four highest-scoring winners of the seven heats, and faced off against Mathew Lee, Norbert Marczinek and Ungki Lee in an intense and closely-fought Grand Final. The winner received direct entry into the Australian Chef of the Year with two return flights and accommodation in Melbourne. He also received $2500 cash, Unox Oven, Robot Coupe Blender and an Australian Pork Hamper. Runners up also received valuable prizes.

It was proudly supported by Unox, and Australian Pork. The competition director was Chef Gary Farrell and the compere Chef Peter Howard AM. The head judge was Karen Doyle, Le Cordon Bleu, joined by judges, Shane Keighley, Paul Rifkin and Dan Arnold.

Click here to see the draw for 2018.

The next Queensland Chef of the Year will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 4-5 August 2019.

The competition is open to any professional chef working in a café, restaurant or commercial kitchen in Queensland. There is a strict set of criteria and a team of culinary experts to judge the winner. It is one of the most professional and respected chef competitions in the country.

Come along and cheer for your favourites, pick up some new ideas and have some fun. It will be running right in the middle of the Food & Hospitality Queensland show which means you can also see and sample all the new food and equipment ideas.

To enter Chef of the Year Queensland, please see entry form below.

Queensland Chef of the Year

To enter the Queensland Chef of the Year simply complete this entry form and press submit at the end. Your entry will then be considered by the judging panel who will select 24 finalists.

Entry is open to any professional chef working in Queensland. There is no cost to enter but if you are selected you will need to cover your own costs to attend the Food & Hospitality Expo in Brisbane for the finals.

In order to compete you must be able to answer 'Yes' to these three questions:

  1. Are you currently working as a professional chef in Queensland?
  2. Are you able to perform confidently and creatively under pressure?
  3. Will you be able to attend the finals in Brisbane on 4-5 August 2019?

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Terms & Conditions

Please review the competition rules.