Meet our contestants!
QLD METRO: Eve Sheraton, 19 and Sammuel Lee, 23
2017 national finalists, Eve and Sammuel are back! The Brisbane Club chefs were the first team to secure a spot in the finals and are determined to take out the finals and walk away with the top spot.
NSW REGIONAL: Liam Gray, 22 and George Mirosevich, 23
Restaurant Mason chefs Liam and George are motivated and keen young chefs who will be giving the finals everything they’ve got to secure that prize-trip to Italy.
QLD REGIONAL: Jayden Osbourne, 18 and Kelvin Anderson, 19
Jayden says the best advice he’s ever been given is to work smarter not harder, which is exactly what he plans to put into practice with teammate Kelvin – who’d really like to cook for Katy Perry one day!
NSW METRO: Billy Fox, 21 and Matt Wills, 23
Will it be a case of third time lucky for returning finalist Billy? Billy and teammate Matt stormed their way to the finals with a gold medal in their regional heat.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Sarah Jones, 18 and Ben Rogers, 24
Sarah, who competed in last year’s competition, has gone one step further in 2018 with a spot in the national finals alongside newcomer teammate Ben, whose most memorable culinary moment to date is cooking for Heston Blumenthal.
VICTORIA: Jemima Kudumba and Ryan Cosentino, both 22
Returning competitor Jemima has teamed up with work colleague Ryan this time round. The Victorian chef team, who work together at The Jackalope Hotel, say they’ve got a good eye for detail and this will give them the edge in the finals.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: Felicia Mardo, 21 and Nicole Samson, 24
Hyatt Hotel Canberra chefs Felicia and Nicole both love a good challenge and consider their ultimate strength to be teamwork. They’ve cooked for the PM and members of parliament. Have they got what it takes?
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Jason Nicholas, 23 and Lara Kirby, 20
Vasse Felix chefs Lara and Jason will be putting in maximum effort to make their home state proud when they battle it out in the kitchen against some of the country’s top young chef talent.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: Jarrod Everett and Connor Hakes, both 18
No strangers to the culinary competition arena, friend-team Jarrod and Connor will be putting any nerves aside to give this year’s final everything they’ve got. Connor says the best advice he’s ever been given is to never shy away from failure; it’s a measure of how far you’ve come!
TASMANIA Clinton Richardson, 23 and Jomarie Gealon, 22
New kids on the culinary block Clinton and Jomarie have already exceeded their own expectations by securing the last finals spot. They are ready to put their skills to the test and face the pressure, cooking-off live in purpose built kitchens at Fine Food Australia.
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