Grant Parry has been named Queensland Chef of the Year, winning the prestigious title as well as cash, prizes, and a trip to Sydney to compete in the national competition next year.
Grant is the Chef de Cuisine at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. He has worked at fine dining establishments around the world, including time with Peter Gilmore at Quay in Sydney, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s in London and the Hilton in the Seychelles.
Head Judge Karen Doyle says Grant was an outstanding competitor. “This was his second time in the grand final and third time competing, and he blew us away with his meticulous preparation, creativity, and the flavour of his dishes.
“All the finalists put in solid performances. It is amazing to see the increasing sophistication of the dining scene in Queensland and this was reflected in the dishes being put up for the competition”.
The competition had over 100 entries from professional chefs throughout Queensland. The top 28 competed live at the Brisbane Convention Centre as part of the annual Food & Hospitality Queensland trade exhibition.
“This was a real test to see who could think on their feet and keep their cool under pressure,” says Doyle. “The mystery box gave the chefs many options, and all four performed phenomenally well.
“This year’s event drew huge interest. By running it in the middle of the popular Food & Hospitality exhibition, we ensure it is at the centre of our industry. Our compere, Glenn Flood kept everyone fully informed.
“We were also lucky to have top chef judges including Karen Doyle, Caleb Bilewicz, Gary Johnson, Paul Rifkin, Dan Arnold, and Shane Keighley.”