Queensland Chef of the Year

Who is Queensland's best professional chef?

Tom Hitchcock from The Long Apron took out the title of Queensland Chef of the Year when it was held on the 15 - 16 May 2022 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Tom Hitchcock battled it out in the grand final with Lauren Kinne, Amber Heaton from Cucino Vivo and Shannon Strange from Cafe Baleana.

28 finalists were selected to compete in the 2022 Queensland Chef of the Year. This event saw chef compete against chef and the clock in a test of creativity, culinary knowledge and ingenuity. The finalists had one hour to prepare dishes from a mystery box of ingredients.

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.

The Queensland Chef of the Year competition is one of the most rewarding in the country. The winners received a share of $4,000 cash, plus prizes including a Unox LineMiss oven and a trip to Sydney for the Australian Chef of the Year. This includes two return airfares, two nights accommodation and automatic entry into the competition.

Each competitor received a certificate and chef jacket, but perhaps best of all is the experience of competing against some of the best chefs in the country.

The next Queensland Chef of the Year will be held on 15 & 16 October 2023.

Finalists for 2022


Handy rules and tips


Karen Doyle - Head Judge

Le Cordon Bleu

Dan Arnold

Restaurant Dan Arnold

Paul Rifkin

Consultant Chef

Andrew Ballard

Simmer Culinary

Shane Keighley

Restaurant Dan Arnold

Competition Director and MCs

Peter Wright - Global Hospitality

Competition Director

Glenn Flood

Consultant & Culinary Curator

Tawnya Bahr

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