Australian Celebrity Chefs
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.
- 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
About: Bill is a self taught cook who lives in Sydney by the beach
Food Style: Fresh, simple, family friendly
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 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
More about Bill food
- Bill Granger's official website
Includes links to his restaurants in Australia and Japan
- Bill's recipes on Lifestyle Food Channel website
58 recipes, some with video from his 2 television shows
- Famous Tiramisu Ice cream cake recipe
This is one very yummy version of the classic Italian dessert
- Not quite Nigella interview with Bill - with great photos
Not Quite Nigella is one of my favourite Sydney food blogs and this interview has some great images of Bills food and restaurants
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
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.
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.
Find out more about Donna Hay
- The Official Donna Hay website
Her books, her magazine and a sampling of her recipes
- Donna's Pavlova recipe from Season 2 of Masterchef Australia
Pavolva is a classic Australian dessert and this is a lovely version
- Hay Hay it's Donna Day - bloggers challenge
Well she is a pretty popular lady on the net. Barbara of Winos and foodies started the Hay Hay its Donna Day challege a couple of years ago and there are lots of recipes on food blogs under that tag... anyway start exploring Barbara's versions here..
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
Curtis Stone Links to visit
- Official Curtis Stone webstie
Of all the chefs official sites this one is my favourite... its clean and tidy and has great images... along with easy to follow recipes. Along with the recipes is his blog and info about his products and books.
- Kitchen Daily - Cooking with Curtis Stone
Another source of free Curtis Stone recipes
- Surfing the menu
Curtis's first TV show
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
More about Luke Nguyen
- SBS food show - Luke Nguyen's Vietnam
This show almost made me go and immediately book a ticket to explore Vietnam myself... lucky i restrained myself but it is on the top of my travel list now. There are 3 recipes included
- A great interview with Luke Nguyen and Helen from Grab your Fork
Helen follows Luke on a tour of Sydney's little Vietnam in Cabramatta
- The Red Lantern
Luke and his family's restaurant in Surry Hills Sydney and information on his books
Luke Nguyen's Books
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
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.
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
Neil Perry's books
Learn more about Neil Perry and his food
- Fast and Fresh - Neil Perrys show on Lifestyle Food
77 recipes from the show... many with video
- The Rockpool Blog
A blog about his 4 restaurants - includes recipes, news and gossip
- Neil Perry at Lifestyle Food
Includes over 240 recipes from the 11 television series he has worked on
Who is your favourite Aussie chef?
More Aussie Chefs to explore
- Kylie's Kwong
Kylie owns restaurant Billy Kwong in Sydney and has a strong commitment to sustainability. Her books include "Heart and Soul" and "my China"
- George Calombaris - Press Club Restaurant Melbourne
The Modern Greek Masterchef
- Maggie Beer
Best known for her cookbooks Maggie's table and Maggie's Harvest and also her range of products notably in our house her verjuice and quince paste
- Margaret Fulton - Australia's first real food writer
Her Encyclopedia Of Food And Cookery: The Complete Kitchen Companion From A To Z is my cooking bible at the moment
On screen or on paper
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?
Do you prefer online recipes or real life books?