Promoting Australian Beef to the World
Through their media programs, the celebrity chefs have taken Australian beef to audiences around the world, promoting both the product and Australia as a destination.
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2018 Chef Profiles
Iron Chef Sakai
Hiroyuki Sakai is a well-known Japanese Chef who specialises in French Cuisine. Sakai is most famous for being the second, and last, Iron Chef on the popular television show, Iron Chef, first appearing at the beginning of 1994 and continued his appearance in shows over nine seasons.
Sakai has the third best winning percentage of the Irons Chefs.
Chef Sakai is a prize winner of the Tokyo Meister 2008, due to his remarkable contributions to the industry.
Award winning and internationally renowned chef Tarek Ibrahim developed his passion and respect for food from a young age. Recently acclaimed as a Master Chef by the World Association Chefs’ Societies, Tarek is also a Certified Executive Chef by the American Culinary Federation and Global Judge A class (WACS) and current star of Orbit TV show ‘Al Qaheralyoum’, Tarek has also starred in a number of Fatafeat TV shows ‘100 Lahma’, 100 Macaroni, Mashawy and ‘Min Misr’ from Egypt. Chef Tarek’s cooking is influenced and inspired by both eastern and western cultures.
With over 30 years experience both in the United States of America and the Middle East, Tarek has a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of food. Opening his first coffee shop and bakery in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1984 he followed his success by opening five more casual dining restaurants each with a different cuisine.
Following his commercial success, Tarek became a highly respected teacher in culinary art at the Arts Institutes International Minnesota from 1999 to 2005.
Winning several gold and silver medals in highly respected culinary competitions including Taste of Elegance (Central Region), twice named Chef Par Excellence and also holds the honour of being named the Primer Chef of America not once but twice by the American Dairy Association.
Tarek is currently working as Corporate Master Chef for Meat and Livestock Australia, providing training sessions to executive chefs and food service professionals on meat handling and cooking methods. Tarek is also one of two trainers to the Egyptian Olympics Team.
Tarek is married to Sharon and has two young children, he also holds a commercial pilots license.
Matt Golinski is a highly regarded Australian chef with a passion for simple, produce driven cuisine based on seasonal, fresh local ingredients.
Matt is well known as one of the original team members of the popular, long running ‘Ready Steady Cook’ television series and was a founding partner of the successful Rolling Dolmade catering company on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
After travelling around the world in 1997 to further hone his cooking skills, Matt consolidated his formidable reputation as Executive Chef at the prestigious Ricky Ricardo’s restaurant in Noosa Heads.
Shane found a passion for cooking at an early age, and it’s not hard to see why. His mother was a great cook, so was his dad on the bbq, his brother and uncles were chefs, cafe and pub owners and his grandfather was a butcher. Family gatherings, dinner parties and feasts were the norm in this family. It was simply all about the food.
Shane has worked in top restaurants around Australia and overseas, including eight years as Sous Chef under Robert Castellani at Donovan’s, one of Melbourne’s top restaurants; stints working in two top New York restaurants with Mario Batali at Babbo and Tom Colicchios Craft Restaurant; Berardos on the Beach in Noosa Heads, and is currently the Executive Chef of the Noosa Boathouse.
Shane has been a major contributor to the acclaimed Noosa International Food and Wine Festival becoming a co-director in 2010, and is now the Executive Chef for the Capricorn Food and Wine Festival in Rockhampton.
In early 2014, Shane took on the exciting new role of Celebrity Chef Program Coordinator for Beef Australia. With the help of top Australian and international chefs, they will take the world’s best beef to a new dining experience at the expo.
Sam Burke, Corporate chef and foodservice business manager, Meat & Livestock Australia
Sam Burke is an executive chef, marketing and hospitality operations manager with more than 23 years industry experience working with premium beef.
Starting out as an apprentice chef Sam worked his way up the catering trade in butcher shops, corporate, leisure and sporting events including the Olympics and Rugby World Cup, before joining one of Australia’s largest commercial catering companies for 20 years.
Trading catering halls for beef and boardrooms, Sam took over the executive chef reins at Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) in 2014 and has since travelled across Australia and the globe promoting and celebrating the quality and diversity of premium Australian beef to the wider community.
Sam’s expertise in large scale catering environments has enabled him to educate beef users on plate costs, product development and extracting value from the whole carcase. This included working with McDonalds Japan on new sandwich concepts using Australian beef alongside their traditional burger offerings and enabling other quick service restaurants and retailers to present smaller primal cuts to suit the growing convenience trend.
Globally, Sam has cooked for thousands ranging from trade shows in Asia, wagyu experts in Japan, politicians, sports stars, musicians in Australia and most recently at the Queen’s Young Achievers annual celebration at the Australian High Commission in London.
Sam’s knowledge of red meat spans the entire supply chain, having worked closely alongside farmers, processors, food technology scientists, chefs, restaurant chains, retailers, CEOs and meat traders to understand and celebrate the attributes of beef to the global chef and foodservice community.
Ben O’Donoghue is one of Australia’s original most loved celebrity chefs, enjoying more than two decades of success at the forefront of his professions as a chef, television presenter, author, columnist, brand ambassador.
Becoming a household name co-hosting ‘Surfing The Menu’ with fellow chef Curtis Stone, Ben has gone on to host ‘The Best In Australia’ and ‘Drive Thru Australia’, released four cook books (a fifth due for release in 2015), and wrote for Delicious Magazine for almost ten years. Ben has hosted countless events and appearances nationally.
2014 saw the opening of Ben’s restaurant Billy Kart Kitchen in Brisbane. Due to the great success of the restaurant a 2nd Billy Kart Kitchen is scheduled to open very soon.
For Ben cooking is a passion and a reflex. He believes food should be simple, distinctive and culturally correct.
He is the quintessential modern, boisterous Aussie Dad. The combination of his down to earth sense of humour with his high end culinary expertise and a passion for sharing what he knows about food, cooking and having a great time, has ensured he continues to be one of Australia’s most loved celebrity chefs.