Sydneysider Crowned Australia’s Best Home Chef

20 June, 2013 Best Home Chef



Home Chefs awarded a total of $75,000 worth of cooking appliances


20th June: National cooking competition and online food community, Best Home Chef, last night announced Sydney’s Stuart Talman as the inaugural winner of the online cooking competition that took Australia’s ‘foodie’ community by storm.


Launched in September of last year, Best Home Chef was created to encourage Australians to get back into the kitchen. Since its inception, more than 4000 Australians have signed up to the community and uploaded over 1,300 original recipes.


The finale cook-off took place last night at the new Winning Appliances Flagship Redfern Showroom on Sydney’s Danks Street where the professional chef mentor for Winning Appliances, Massimo Mele, entertained guests as the MC for the evening. Stuart cooked his winning recipe – White Chocolate Parfait with Lemon Curd and Shortbread Crumble – with SMEG mentor Luca Ciano. The winning duo competed against the other four finalists and their mentors:


  • Deborah Hopely and professional chef mentor Pete Evans, (My Kitchen Rules star and Wolf brand ambassador)
  • Snjezana Demo and professional chef mentor Mark Best (Marque Restaurant and AEG brand ambassador)
  • Sarah Lewis and professional chef mentor Hamish Ingham (The Woods, Four Seasons, Bar H and Siemens brand ambassador)
  • Melissa Darr and professional chef mentor Anthony Fischbeck, (Australian chef and Scholtes brand ambassador)


Melissa Darr was awarded the runner-up prize of $25,000 worth of cooking appliances for her fig almond and frangipane tart recipe while the other contestants received a $1000 voucher for Winning Appliances.


Stuart Talman, Australia’s first Best Home Chef winner, said taking part in the Best Home Chef community not only provided a great platform for home chefs to converse and learn from one another, but it also inspired creativity and innovation in his cooking.


“Best Home Chef has provided a great platform for home chefs to engage with one another, share recipes and encourage creativity in the kitchen. Although everyone who took part in Best Home Chef was ultimately competing against each other, we were also learning from each other.


“I’ve absorbed knowledge from all who took part in the community; from a talented 13-year-old contestant; to home chefs who have been cooking for decades; and most noticeably from my mentoring session with leading Italian chef consultant and SMEG brand ambassador Luca Ciano.


“Best Home Chef has taught me that there are no boundaries when it comes to cooking. Through creating my own recipes I have developed my own unique cooking style and learnt to use different ingredients and be more creative in the kitchen,” said Mr Talman.


Professional chef  and SMEG mentor Luca Ciano said Stuart’s passion and fresh approach to cooking was key driver behind his success in winning Australia’s inaugural Best Home Chef. “Best Home Chef celebrates home cooked food and its talented creators, and Stuart’s love for cooking and willingness to learn has been evident from the very beginning of the competition. Stuart has a real talent for cooking and funnily enough, despite his inhibitions about desserts, it was his white chocolate parfait with lemon curd and shortbread crumble recipe that won him the competition! Stuart has a bright future in front of him and I look forward to seeing him grow and develop as a chef,” said Ciano.


John Winning, CEO of Winning Group and founder of Best Home Chef, said the community highlights that Australia is a food nation with a passion for cooking. “The eclectic pool of recipes generated by the Best Home Chef community highlights how lucky we are to live in such a multi-cultural society. We have access to ingredients from all over the world and are exposed to different cuisines right here on our shores. The high standard and diverse range of recipes uploaded to Best Home Chef is testament to Australia’s hunger for culture and love for food – it’s been fantastic to see so many  Australians excited about getting back into the kitchen,” Mr Winning said.


The Best Home Chef is an ongoing community and cooking competition for home chefs to showcase their original recipes. Although the first competition has come to end Australians can still share and swap their recipes, cook tips and news at



About Best Home Chef:

Best Home Chef is a national cooking competition bringing together a community of food lovers. It’s a place where people can share recipes, cooking tips and ideas. To enter the competition members of the community are invited to upload original recipes. From the most popular 25 recipes as of April 15 2013, five recipes are chosen by brand mentors to be involved in a live cook off final in May 2013, at Winning Appliances new Redfern showroom. A judging panel will choose the winner at the live cook -off and will take home a new $50,000 kitchen. The Best Home Chef competition is open to everyone — from stay-at-home mums to food bloggers and professional chefs. Entrants are encouraged to sign up as many times as they like. Best Home Chef is sponsored by Winning Appliances, and cooking partners AEG, Scholtes, Siemens, SMEG and Wolf.



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