George Calombaris is the star judge of the hugely successful
reality TV show 'Masterchef’ and is the owner of one of Australia's most
popular restaurants 'The Press Club'
He owns two other restaurants in Melbourne and one in
In 2004, the Global Food and Wine Magazine voted George as
one of the Top 40 Chefs of Influence in the world George was named Chef of the
Year for 2008
George Calombaris has been awarded more accolades for his
work than most receive in a lifetime, and this exuberant chef is still just 30
years of age. George's molecular gastronomy has seen him become a much
talked about chef in the international cooking circuit.
George Calombaris has a reputation around town as an
avant-garde chef whose culinary creations at the now-defunct Reserve have both
raised eyebrows and prompted belly-patting contentment. Traditional is not a
word that the foodie press is used to associating with him but that is what he
is offering at his own venture, albeit with his own less-conventional spin. At
The Press Club, Calombaris aims to recreate the traditional Greek food of his
childhood and inject it with a bit of modern pizzazz. The restaurant provides
an elegant space in which to enjoy these innovative creations, with dark leather
and subtle lighting defying all expectations of a stereotypical
blue-and-white-clad Greek restaurant.
In 2004, the Global Food and Wine Magazine voted George one
of the Top 40 Chefs of Influence in the World. An internationally successful
restaurateur, George owns three restaurants in Melbourne and one in Mykonos,
Greece. His flagship Melbourne restaurant, The Press Club, was recently awarded
The Age Good Food Guide 'Best New Restaurant 2008' with George named 'Chef of
the Year 2008'.
Fiery, passionate and outspoken, George does not mince his
words and will push the contestants to grow, improve and strive for excellence
in their cooking. "MasterChef Australia is the first reality prime-time
cooking show that not only depicts the highs and lows of the hospitality
industry, but the passion that each person on the show has for food. It is
real. Real food and real people. I am a living example for all the cooks on
MasterChef Australia and I hope I can give them the full reality of what this
hard but beautiful industry is all about. I am fair and understanding, but I
will not accept rubbish." - George Calombaris
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