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George Calombaris

George Calombaris

One of Australia’s most influential chefs, entrepreneurs and celebrity - George Calombaris has created himself into a success brand. Co-host of the hugely popular MasterChef Australia, George showcases his passion for food and the passion to teach.

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Calombaris' food is whimsical and wonderful. Whatever, wherever the inspiration or drive, this young man just loves to cook, using top ingredients to charm, woo and wow diners. It's a gift.

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George Calombaris Travels from VIC
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George Calombaris's Biography

George Calombaris is hard working. At the young age of 36, he has achieved many accolades in his career. George is internationally renowned as one Australia’s best chefs and as a judge on MasterChef Australia. His passion for food and determination to achieve resembles his amazing success in the hospitality industry.

George Calombaris is a young, exuberant chef who has been awarded more accolades for his work than most receive in a lifetime.

A judge on the hit television show, MasterChef, George is fiery, passionate and outspoken. His molecular gastronomy has seen him become a much talked about chef in the international cooking circuit. In 2004, the Global Food and Wine Magazine voted George one of the Top 40 Chefs of Influence in the World.

Growing up in a Greek family, there was no option but to love food. George’s life was surrounded by good food. With his late grandmother and mother forever in the kitchen perfecting traditional and family recipes, George soon got a taste for cooking. He studied to be a chef and was trained using strict traditional French culinary methods that he later married with his beloved Greek cuisine.

An internationally successful restaurateur, George owns three restaurants in Melbourne and one in Mykonos, Greece. His flagship Melbourne restaurant, The Press Club, was awarded two Chefs’ Hats and 'Best New Restaurant 2008' with George named 'Chef of the Year 2008’ at The Age Good Food Guide Awards. George was just 29. During the same year he opened The Belvedere Club in Mykonos which sits opposite the world famous Nobu Restaurant. He also launched his first book The Press Club, opened the Maha Bar & Grill and a Modern Greek Taverna.

George’s career has been full of exciting moments. He completed his apprenticeship at the Hotel Sofitel, where he won the Bonland National Apprentice of the Year Award in 1999. Soon after, George led a team of 11 qualified and apprentice chefs at Richmond’s Fenix Restaurant. Among the many accolades achieved during George’s time at Fenix, the restaurant was honoured with the 2001 Restaurant of the Year Culinary Competition for Victoria, as part of Melbourne’s Food and Wine Festival.

In 2003, George was selected to represent Australia at the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Grand Prix in Lyon, France. He achieved the best ever result for an Australian representative to that time.

In the same year George was the mastermind behind the successful Melbourne restaurant Reserve, where he exhibited his own personal style and became a much talked about chef in the international cooking circuit.

In 2004, the Global Food and Wine Magazine voted George as one of the Top 40 Chefs of Influence in the World. During the same year, the Age Good Food Guide awarded George Young Chef of the Year 2004 and Reserve won Best New Restaurant as well as receiving two prestigious Chefs Hats. Following these awards, George was swiftly approached to Guest Chef on many television programmes and has made regular appearances on Australia's popular daytime TV show Ready Steady Cook.


Speaking Topics Include

• Cooking demonstrations
• Shopping centre appearances
• Presentations on his experiences as an award-winning chef within the hospitality industry