Archives: Talent

Amy Hamilton

Amy Hamilton is the chef-patron of Liberté. Albany’s finest place to dine and a model small bar for publicans around the state. A bold mash-up of French and Vietnamese flavours – sometimes in the same dish – Hamilton’s cooking is ‘delicious, deeply satisfying and a tender love letter to Great Southern produce and producers.” Big …

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Russell Blaikie

Russell has owned a Winebar in the heart of Margaret River, he often talks food on 720 ABC Radio’s Breakfast Program and in his past was a weekly food columnist for The West Australian. Russell has anchored a season of Our State on a Plate and has co-hosted Delish for Channel 9 & 9 Life …

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Guy Jeffreys

Guy is the executive chef for Fogarty Wine Group. At Millbrook Winery in Jarrahdale they serve estate-grown modern country food. While local artisan producers are featured on the menu, the kitchen team are known for growing heirloom vegetables from saved seed in the property’s one acre garden. This approach to food has won much acclaim …

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Melissa Palinkas

The food produced by Young George executive chef and co-owner Melissa Palinkas has been lavished with praise by food reviewers who describe her food with words like ‘inventive, fun, smart, original and drop dead gorgeous’. While she enjoys producing an innovative menu, Melissa runs a sustainable kitchen, making the best use of every part of …

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Aaron Carr

Aaron prides himself on creating a menu that can cross the boundaries of cuisine by combining flavours that offer a cutting edge. ‘The art is to create a dish that has simplicity of flavours, thus letting our outstanding produce be the centre of attention. We create ‘New Australian Cuisine’, sampling ideas and techniques from all …

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Paul Iskov

Paul Iskov established Fervor in March 2013, with the aim of providing a “culinary experience you can’t get anywhere else”. Fervor harness locally sourced native produce and share it with diners at unique locations across WA, including salt lakes, beautiful bushland and pristine beaches. Paul boasts an outstanding resume, including experience in highly acclaimed kitchens …

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Anna Gare

Anna’s past life was in rock and roll and at 13 she hit the stage and sang in a band called the Jam Tarts. The band toured and released 3 recordings over a 10-year period. During this time Anna worked part-time in restaurants; she calls this her apprenticeship years. She catered for her own wedding …

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Derek Lau

Derek Lau was the clear fan favourite in MasterChef Series 11 (2019). Known for his dumplings and fried chicken it was his knack for pushing boundaries that made the impossible possible, such as making doughnuts in record time. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and an Investor Relations Analyst, though the opportunity to be on …

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