jake kellie and the opening of the lakeside mill

Jake Kellie’s dream is to one day open his own regional restaurant in Victoria. So when the offer arose to come on-board as Head Chef at The Lakeside Mill, it was an opportunity too good to refuse and takes him one step closer to his dream…. It has been an incredibly rewarding journey for the young chef from the central coast of NSW. Moving to Melbourne in 2011 after completing his apprenticeship, Jake has gone from strength to strength learning from some of the best chefs this country has to offer. His hard work and dedication paid off when he was awarded the prestigious title of Electrolux Australian Young Chef of the Year 2015 in the Appetite for Excellence hospitality awards program. He has since appeared on Masterchef Australia as well as being nominated for The Age’s Good Food Young Chef of the Year 2015. The Lakeside Mill in Packenham VIC opened in February 2016 and Jake takes us back of house for a sneak peak into the journey of opening the restaurant.


Jake heads out on his young chef of the year prize trip at the beginning of October, first stop Italy. We’ll be posting updates of Jake and his trip as it progresses on our Facebook page. Have a great time Jake!

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