The ACF National Office is the peak industry body representing Australian professional chefs, cooks, apprentices & culinary students. The National Presidium consists of chapters from every state & territory of Australia. Each Chapter is represented on the board by the president who has been selected by the members of each chapter. This board then elect a National President “Myself” and an executive.
The role of each Chapter is to run local industry educational & networking events through Workshops, Forums, dinners and Culinary Competitions by doing this they are enhancing and developing the skills of our trade.
Our head quarters which is now run from our very first dedicated ACF office space at 13 Strathalbyn street, Kew East in Victoria not only organises our national & international events & competitions also supports & funds these local programs by coordinating & communicating with the chapters & individual members at a national level on a high platform and giving Australian Chefs a voice domestically. We speak for chefs on the international stage as the Australian member of WACS World Association of Chefs Societies, in which I will speak about in future issues.
National and International Gold Medals, he has worked in Hatted Restaurants and trained in 5 Star Hotels. His proudest professional moments have been in the competition arena, competing for his country on many occasions and holding a position on the Australian National Culinary Team for 6 years and co-captained the 2008 Culinary Olympic Team Bio
Employed by the Federal Group for the last 11 years as Executive Chef at The Henry Jones Art Hotel and now Wrest Point Hotel and Casino over seeing a Brigade of 70, Andre prides himself on investing his time to train and mentor young chefs in his brigade through competition, on site training and education to become sought after chefs in our industry. Bio
Lachlan Bowtell is well-respected industry professional that started life as a chef with a long history is sales and marketing in the food industry. Lachlan has held senior positions in the Australian retail sector and also spent 20+ years working with Meat and Livestock Australia here in Australia and also in the Middle East based in Bahrain and Dubai. Bio
Secretary General Manager Deb Foreman
Heading up the culinary program at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, Sydney Culinary Arts Institute for the past 6 years, Karen heads up a team of international chefs that have worked across the globe. Bio
Having spent 35 years in the kitchen, working his way up from junior dishwasher at 14 to current, Martin has been lucky enough to work his way around the world, the UK, Austria, France, the US, Spain & now here in Australia. Bio
Stephen Lunn is a well-known and widely respected chef with over 30 years’ experience in the industry. After growing up in Western Australia, Stephen worked for a variety of restaurants throughout Australia and Europe. Bio
Currently Executive chef at University House –this is the private club for academic staff at Melbourne University, in the grounds of the Parkville campus. It is part of an ever shrinking group of private clubs in Melbourne and an even smaller group of self run University staff clubs in Australia. Bio
Bruno attributes majority of his accomplishments to his Italian born mother and the invaluable training and experience received working by her side in their Italian restaurants. This has seen him win many accolades and awards over his 35 years in the kitchen. Bio
Glen Austin President 1998 - 2006, ACF Honorary Past President, Honorary Life Member WACS, ACF National Life Member, Continental Director WACS Pacific Region 2010 - 2014
Peter Wright President 2005 - 2014, ACF National Life Member 2015, Victoria Life Member 2013,
Past President Peter is recognised locally as one of Australia’s leading food service experts and internationally as a Global event specialist. Peter has been involved in many major food service projects and events over the past 29 years and has an unprecedented track record for providing the necessary business outcomes. He has organised catering at 3 Olympic games and 2 Commonwealth games in recent times to be considered as one of very few in the world with the insights for both planning and executing of cost effective meal delivery at the scope required at an Olympic event.
National Life Members
2005 Peter Howard Craig Birchall Michael Strautmanis Ingo Schwarze Rick Stephens Paul Moore George Hill Martin Carlin Kim Chilcott Glenn Austin Hans Schings (Vale)
2008 Henri Leuzinger Tom Shoots (Vale) Rudi Scherer (Vale)
2010 Patrick OBrien Manfred Hennig John Miller OAM
2011 George Kincses (Vale) Keith Byron (Vale)
2013 Juliet Aspden Inge Walters
2015 Peter Wright Jock Stewart Peter Tischhauser
Paul Moore ACF Victoria Life Member 2003 ACF National Life Member 2005 WACS Honorary Life Member 2010