George Calombaris

Australian Masterchef

Who am I

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 Mykonos, Greece

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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