MOFFAT AMBASSADOR: GEORGE CALOMBARIS
Moffat is proud to announce that celebrity chef George Calombaris is our first Moffat Ambassador in Australia. A familiar face on household television, he is one of the three judges in Channel Ten's reality TV show Masterchef Australia.
Quick BioHe started his career at the Hotel Sofitel in Melbourne under Raymond Capaldi. After his apprenticeship, he teamed up with Capaldi and the Sofitel’s executive sous chef Gary Mehigan to open Fenix, where he worked for two years. He also entered one of the Moffat sponsored culinary competition, the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France, achieving a best ever result for an Australian representative.
He spent two years working at Reserve, in Melbourne’s Federation Square where, at the age of 24, he won Young Chef of the Year, Best New Restaurant and two chef’s hats in The Age Good Food Guide. In 2004, the Global Food and Wine Magazine voted him as one of the Top 40 chefs of influence in the world. In 2006 Calombaris opened his own restaurant in Melbourne, The Press Club. In 2008, he opened 2 other restaurants in Melbourne, Maha Bar and Grill (with chef Shane Delia) and Hellenic Republic. The Press Club, was awarded The Age Good Food Guide "Best New Restaurant 2008" with Calombaris named "Chef of the Year 2008". Also in 2008, he opened his first international restaurant, Belvedere, in a hotel on the Greek island of Mykonos.