At the age of 39, George Calombaris is one of Australia’s top chefs.

He has always been fascinated by food and was inspired at a young age by his mother and grandmother.

Although born and bred in Melbourne, his Greek heritage was central in his upbringing.

George completed his apprenticeship at one of Melbourne’s five-star hotels, Sofitel. Soon after he found himself leading a team of chefs at MasterChef Australia co-judge Gary Mehigan’s Fenix Restaurant.

In 2004, George was awarded the Young Chef of the Year by The Age Good Food Guide. He then became a guest chef on many TV programmes including Ready Steady Cook.

George has written a number of cookbooks, including Greek Cookery From The Hellenic Heart, and two books with his fellow MasterChef Australia judge Gary Mehigan.

Although George is currently flat out in the MasterChef Australia kitchen, he also manages to find time to inspire his team and create new food concepts at his restaurants - world-famous and award-winning The Press Club, the street food-inspired restaurant Gazi, Jimmy Grants, Mastic and The Hellenic Republic.

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