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Australian Celebrity Chefs

Updated on November 9, 2014

Who Are Australia's Favourite Chefs

There is no shortage of successful Australian chefs creating healthy and tasty food both here in Australia and overseas. Let me introduce you to some of my favorites and maybe inspire you to try some new recipes and food styles.

Included are:

  • Curtis Stone - Perhaps more popular in the USA than at home these days Curtis creates healthy cuisine with easy to follow recipes - my favourite recipe is Chocolate & Banana bread pudding not particularly healthy I know ;-) and his healthy 7 layer dip
  • Bill Granger Bill is my personal favourite... I have every one of his books and they actually come off the shelf quite often - my most used recipes are his coconut bread and chocolate chip cookies so easy my 12 year old makes them!
  • Donna Hay my family love her Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast recipe. I like the simple tarts and pies she makes best.
  • Luke Nguyen My favourite Asian cookbooks are Luke's two titles on Vietnam - my favourite recipe so far is Crispy Spiced Quail
  • Neil Perry I love Neil's seafood recipes for their simplicity... the first of his recipes I made was Salt and pepper squid and I still use this receipe years later.

Bill Granger - My favourite Australian celebrity Chef

Bill Granger from the cover of his book
Bill Granger from the cover of his book

About: Bill is a self taught cook who lives in Sydney by the beach

Food Style: Fresh, simple, family friendly

Signature Dish: Scrambled eggs or Ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter

Quote: " I learned to cook in a domestic kitchen which keeps my food simple and instinctual"

Watch: Bills Food and Bills Holiday

Visit: Bill has 3 restaurants in Sydney and 2 in Japan

Read: Sydney Food / Bill Granger Everyday / Holiday / Open Kitchen

I love Bill - his cafes, his tv shows and his books. His recipes are easy to follow, look great and most importantly always work. You can discover more about Bill and his recipes on my Bill Granger page

More of Bill's titles you might like

Bill'S Sydney Food (Slipcase): The Original and Classic Recipe Collection
Bill'S Sydney Food (Slipcase): The Original and Classic Recipe Collection

Bill's very first book and I think possibly still his best. All the classic recipes from his early days at the cafe "Bills" including all the breakfast favorites like Ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter and coconut bread. YUM

 
Donna Hay Magazine
Donna Hay Magazine

Donna Hay

About: Donna started her career in the Australian Women's weekly test kitchen after leaving school and went on to become food editor at Marie Claire magazine before beginning her own title.

Food Style: Basic fresh ingredients and simple recipes with a focus on presentation.

Signature Dish: Pavlova

Watch: Masterchef Australia Season 2,

Visit: Donna Hay General Store in Woollahra, or David Jones Food Hall in Sydney

Read: Modern Classics 1 & 2 / Instant Entertaining / No Time to Cook and of course the Donna Hay magazine

Learn more about Donna Hay recipes on my Donna Hay page

Donna Hay Recipe Books

fast, fresh, simple.
fast, fresh, simple.

I love this new book, I had to buy it as soon as I saw it as there were about 10 things I wanted to make in the first few pages. The focus is on really simple food that looks fantastic on the plate.

 

Donna Hay

Instant Entertaining
Instant Entertaining

Friends for dinner after work? This book is full of easy things you can throw together in now time that will wow them every time.

 
Curtis Stone
Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone

From Surfing the Menu to Take Home Chef

About: Melbourne born, trained in London, now based mostly in the US

Food Style: Fresh, light and healthy

Quote:"Ever since I was young I've always been fascinated with food - whether it was making marmalade with my Nan and Grandad or fudge with my Granny. I've always realized it was food that brought my family and friends closer together."

Watch: Surfing the Menu (Aust.) Take Home Chef (USA) and non-food related Celebrity Apprentice Season 3 (USA)

Read: Surfing the Menu / Cooking with Curtis / Relaxed Cooking with Curtis

Luke Nguyen
Luke Nguyen

Luke Nguyen

About: Born in Thailand to Vietnamese refugees, Luke's family moved to Australia when he was a child. They opened a noodle house in Cabramatta where Luke worked alongside his parents.

Food Style: Vietnamese

Signature Dish: Barramundi in Lotus Leaf

Visit: Red Lantern in Sydney's Surry Hills

Read: Secrets of the Red Lantern / The Songs of Sapa

Watch: Luke Nguyen's Vietnam

Luke Nguyen's Books

Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and Vietnamese Recipes from the Heart
Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and Vietnamese Recipes from the Heart

I ate at Red Lantern the year it opened and it has always been one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants in Sydney. These days its a little too popular and the prices have snuck up making it a little beyond an everyday eat. This book lets me make my favorites myself at home.

 

Watch Luke cook

The Songs of Sapa: Stories and Recipes from Vietnam
The Songs of Sapa: Stories and Recipes from Vietnam

A cookbook that almost doubles as a travel guide. I recently purchased this book in anticipation of my holiday to Vietnam later this year. The book follows Luke's journey around the country sampling recipes made for him by the locals. It's a beautiful book that you will be happy to read and own.

 
Neil Perry
Neil Perry

Neil Perry

About: As the son of a butcher Neil grew up around food and worked in some of Australia's top restaurants before opening Rockpool in the Rocks.

Food Style: Fresh produce, often seafood based and Asian inspired

Signature Dish: Stir fried spanner crab omelette

Watch: Neil Perry Fast and Fresh / Food Source / Rockpool Sessions

Visit: Rockpool / Rockpool Bar and Grill / Spice Temple

Read: The Food I Love / Rockpool / Simply Asian / Balance and Harmony

Watch Neil at work

Who is your favourite Aussie chef?

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Are the days of collecting recipe books and magazines a thing or the past? Do you still like to browse recipe books for inspiration or does the web have it all for you?

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I really don't have one as I like to try different things each time.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Bill Granger is gorgeous and can cook - fantastic.

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      tabitha-stuart 6 years ago

      Cutis Stone... what a cutie! I love it when he is on Biggest Loser teaching how to make yummy healthy meals.

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      Curtis Stone, he is gorgeous and can cook - perfect :)

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      Lloyd Pinto 6 years ago from Mumbai

      Blessed by your friendly neighbourhood Squid Angel Chef!

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      Curtis Stone was one cool dude in Celebrity Apprentice. I was rooting for him and he came close to being in the finals.

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      Pmona LM 6 years ago

      My favorite chef? Well, if Yan can cook then so can I!

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      I have a Bill Granger cookbook - great for summer. I'll also confess to a secret liking for Poh - her cooking, of course :)

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      KDimmick 6 years ago

      Some great chefs you've listed there!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      All I can say is, Neil Perry.....Mmmm, yum!

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      PizmoBeach LM 7 years ago

      I think Shannon Bennett is brilliant.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I have only heard of Curtis Stone. Thanks for introducing me to these other chefs. :)

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      ICanCook 7 years ago

      I really like Rachel Ray. Her dishes are appealing and easy to put together.

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      the777group lm 7 years ago

      Honestly, my fave at the moment is Poh on the ABC - she makes me feel good.

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      Paula Morgan 7 years ago from Sydney Australia

      @the777group lm: hmmm I might have to add her - Good call

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      boutiqueshops 7 years ago

      ok, wait...you had me at chocolate banana pudding....*drools*

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Very nice introduction to these Australian chefs! You are doing a great job.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing this! Welcome to Squidoo!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I always love reading about Chefs. Of course I had heard of Curtis, but the others are new to me. The video's were a nice touch and made it more interesting to meet them! Well done! - Kathy