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A taste of what's to come...


I'm so excited to be part of something new this year - theGreat Australian Bake-Off series in which I'm a co-judge alongside my good friend, the amazing Maggie Beer. The show sees 12 home baking enthusiasts put through a series of gruelling elimination challenges, baking a mouth-watering selection of cakes, pies, tarts, pastries, bread, biscuits and desserts, all in the hope of being crowned Australia's Best Home Baker.

There's no big prize money, the bakers are all there purely for the love of it. Few people realise that I actually started my career in pastry so I share their passion and with 30 years in the industry now, I'm lucky enough to have had great experiences and knowledge that I can't wait to share. Australian's really embrace baking so I'm excited to unearth some of the great talent we have.

Maggie and I are very different cooks too, so we each bring something different to the series. She’s an incredibly talented self-taught cook whose style is more rustic while my background is a bit more technical and in fine dining. She loves sour, I’m more of a sweet tooth so you get the picture - as judges it just works perfectly! I'm so excited to be part of this series and I can't wait to share it with you.

Don't miss the premiere episode on Tues 13 October on Foxtel's LifeStyle FOOD channel.



I have always had a strong love of food and local produce. I believe that seasonality is an important basis for menu production and one of the most significant ingredients in achieving a flavoursome, balanced and premium quality menu.

My driving force remains seasonality and a passion for producing the best contemporary food possible. It’s a long-held passion, taking seed at the age of 15, when I started my chef’s apprenticeship at La Belle Helene in Sydney’s Roseville. I learnt and finessed the skill in classical French cooking which remains the foundation of my cooking today.

I launched my first restaurant - The Paddington Inn Bistro in 1991. The success of this venture led to a second, Moran’s Restaurant and Café, which opened in 95 and was awarded best new restaurant in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide that year. My flagship two-hat ARIA Restaurant in Sydney opened in ’99. We continued to grow the business by opening Opera Bar in ’06 and ARIA Catering whereby we cater to a range of offsite venues and locations around Sydney, Brisbane & the Sydney Opera House. ARIA Brisbane opened its doors in ’09 and just recently was awarded two coveted Chefs Hats just like our flagship in Sydney. 2012 was a big year whereby we opened two new venues, CHISWICK restaurant in Woollahra and Riverbar & Kitchen in Brisbane plus I was awarded GQ Magazine Chef of the Year!

My main focus are my restaurants, however this year you will see my passion and knowledge on my new show From Paddock to Plate which will air on the Lifestyle channel on FOXTEL.

My restaurants aim to encapsulate the local lifestyle with an intimate dining experience

The books are based around my home - it's probably my favourite place to cook.


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