This year, we held our awards night on Monday 14 August on the iconic sands of Noosa beach, on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast – as a BBQ Beach Party, catered by Australia’s best young chefs using the best Queensland produce, under the glittering stars of Noosa.

We showcased & celebrated the quality, diversity and unique talent of the next generation of Australian hospitality leaders – our national finalists. Each of these 17 individuals are an integral part of the future whom will be driving and contributing to the Australian culinary landscape. As part of the future, it’s important to support and look after the next generation – no matter what stage they are in their career. Not only in our businesses, but through mentoring, management and thinking ensuring a network of people they can turn to both professionally & personally. This is part of the ethos that the program creates for all of our alumni, which is our community. A community made up of industry people that the next generation can tap into for career advice, support and personal help.

It’s an important award for the young food scene, offering support for the development of new talent, the chance to make contacts across the industry and to celebrate the next generation of industry talent.  Across a number of weeks young chefs take part in cooking exercises (including mystery box challenges), young waiters demonstrate their service and knowledge skills, and young restaurateurs are quizzed on every aspect of their business. To make the finals is no mean feat and these really are the faces to watch across the industry, with winners recognised as the next generation of industry leaders who will be changing the culinary landscape.

Each and every one of our national finalists are talented in their own right and should take a bow! The overall winners to be celebrated are:

  • Electrolux Australian Young Restaurateur 2017:  Thi Le, Anchovy VIC
  • Electrolux Australian Young Waiter 2017: Andrew Gale, Grossi Florentino VIC
  • Electrolux Australian Young Waiter (Dual) Runners Up 2017: George Papaioannou, Sixpenny NSW & James Boden, St Hugo SA
  • Electrolux Australian Young Chef 2017: Shui Ishizaka, Bennelong NSW
  • Electrolux Australian Young Chef Runner Up 2017: Alanna Sapwell, Saint Peter NSW
Cam O’KeefeDan MossErinn JordanThi Le (Winner)
CENTRA, VICTerroir Aubrun, SAThe CatBird Seat, QLDAnchovy, VIC
Erinn 005Thi Le Anchovy 004
Andrew Gale, WinnerGeorge Papaioannou (Runner Up)James Boden (Runner Up)Lara Graham
Grossi Florentino, VICSixpenny, NSWSt Hugo, SAWasabi Restaurant & Bar, QLD
Andrew Gale 004GEORGE PAPAIOANNOU 001James Boden 004Lara Graham 004
Mia McIntyreMorgan GolledgeRichard Trezzi
e’cco bistro QLDBlackbird Restaurant & Bar QLDOtto, NSW
Mia McIntyre 001Morgan Golledge 001Richard Trezzi 003BLANK
Adrian Hart Alanna Sapwell (Runner Up)Ben McShaneCharley Snadden-Wilson
Bennelong NSWSaint Peter NSWKiyomi QLDEmbla VIC
Adrian Hart 001Alanna Sapwell 003Ben McShane 003Charly Snadden-Wilson 003

Josh RaineShui Ishizaka (Winner)
Urbane QLDBennelong NSW
Josh Raine 003BLANKBLANK


Congratulations to all of our national finalists for being exceptional people and we look forward to see them grow in the future.