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.

Rules and some handy tips

The 2024 Draw:


The 2024 Finalists:

  1. Nga Lei Chen - Head Chef, Ashgrove Meals on Wheels, Ashgrove
  2. Corey Cowlard - Head Chef, Beenleigh Artisan Distillery, Eagleby
  3. Grant Parry - Chef de Cuisine, Cucino Vivo, Broadbeach
  4. Alan Stogryn - Chef de Cuisine, Dapl, Spring Hill
  5. Adam Coyne - Exec Sous Chef, Dnata Catering and Retail, Brisbane Airport
  6. Leonardo Militao - Executive Chef, Etsu Izakaya, Mermaid Beach
  7. Youn Sub Lee - Chef de Cuisine, Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, COOMERA
  8. Louis Seo - Founder, KatsuCo Brisbane, Toowong
  9. Amir Mahat - Head Chef, Mi Casa Restaurant, Underwood
  10. Harry Sung - Head Chef, Moo Moo Wine Bar and Grill, Brisbane
  11. Laurens Meerten - Head Chef, Mountain View Hotel, Little Mulgrave
  12. Kieren Hanak - Head Chef, Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club, Noosaville
  13. Egidio Ayala Pana Junior - Head Chef, Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort, Twin Waters
  14. Kylie Kersten - Head Chef, Glendon Street Cafe, Kingaroy
  15. Amber Newitt - Owner Head Chef, Our Famiglia Home Dining, Hope Island
  16. Michael Jasper Far - Chef de Cuisine, Paper Crane, Cairns
  17. Kim Terry - Sous Chef, RAAF Base, Amberley
  18. Antoin Potier - Sous Chef, Restaurant Dan Arnold, Fortitude Valley
  19. Yan Ng - Executive Sous Chef, Rydges Southbank, Southbank
  20. Deborah Ku - Head Chef, Soul Harvest Cafe, Margate
  21. Oscar Chen - Sous Chef, Stanley, Brisbane
  22. LeeAnne Mohr - Head Chef, Surfair Beach Hotel, Marcoola
  23. Kim Luong - Commis Chef, The Brisbane Club, Brisbane
  24. Roberto D'anna - Head Chef, The French Table, Cleveland
  25. Josh Marshall - Sous Chef, The Long Apron, Montville
  26. Mary Ann Sontousidad - Chef, The Orchard Table, Goodwood
  27. Luciana Reid - Chef Trainer, Vanilla Zulu Culinary School - Teneriffe
  28. Joshua Springfield - Chef de Partie, Victoria Point Sharks - Victoria Point
  29. Robert Yates - Senior Chef, Village Roadshow Seaworld, Main Beach

2024 Judges:

Karen Doyle - Head Judge

Le Cordon Bleu

Gary Johnson


Caleb Bilewicz


Shane Keighley

Restaurant Dan Arnold

Tom Hitchcock

Spirit House

Paul Rifkin

Consultant Chef

2024 Competition Director and MCs:

Peter Wright - Global Hospitality

Competition Director

Glenn Flood

Consultant & Culinary Curator

2024 Sponsors: