Anchor™ Food Professionals has announced the finalists for Proud to be a Chef 2020.

32 chefs from across Australia have been selected as finalists after cooking an original recipe that was judged by a panel of culinary experts.

The finalists will travel to Melbourne and Tasmania in February next year for a four-day experience where they experience dairy and salmon masterclasses, dine at leading establishments and network with peers and mentors.

The finalists will also attend workshops with Oakridge’s George Wintle, Smith and Daughters’ Shannon Martinez and Lisa Van Zanten on fermentation, dietary requirements and pastry respectively.

The winner of the competition will be announced during the trip, with one chef receiving a scholarship valued at $7,500 and two other participants receiving three-day internships with a mentor.

The finalists for 2020 are:


Benjamin Berry

Joshua Freney

Dallas Keane

Ned Smith

Kristen Schumann

Jess Hall

Isabella Faull

Alexander Ferreri



Felix Carstens

Amber Heaton

Ellie Priest

Nicholas MacDonald

Liam Masters

Tony Webb

Jessica Bingham


South Australia

Carl Jetrick

Danielle Biermann


Western Australia

Lachie Gordon

Santiago Rincon Gutierrez

Alice Marshall

Claire Trevin


New South Wales & ACT

John O’Connor

Sarah Musico

Meagan Prodigalidad

Chelsea Gaut

Summer Carson

Jordon McDougall

Aaron Chan



Rosie Grabsch

Tristan Punelle

Stephanie Lawler


Northern Territory

Taylah King

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