Applications Open

The Australian Culinary Federation has endorsed Mr. Patrick O’Brien to manage, select and train Australia’s National Culinary Teams to compete in World Culinary Competitions over the next four years. The team will be selected from chefs and apprentices throughout Australia. The team will commence an intensive training program leading to major international competitions in Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim.
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The Australian Squad Criteria

We are seeking highly motivated chefs to join the Australian Culinary Teams Squad. You must be under 25 years before 1st June 2023 for the youth team squad and over 25 for the catering team squad and have full support of family, employer & ACF Region Committee


To be considered for a position on the squad you will need to demonstrate the following criteria.

The ability to commit to a training program with full support from family relationships and employer.

You will be an exceptional chef with an even temperament

Able to work under extreme conditions

Work in a team environment taking direction from management

Develop your objectives in a timely manner according to management deadlines

The ability to cope with criticism from your peers

Be available for scheduled and random training sessions locally and interstate, starting immediately

History outlining previous competition experience and skills at state or international level

Understand the full commitment of representing Australia, sponsors, employer and your family and the combined pressure which goes with this position

Regardless of your current position you will need to be a fully focused team player and be prepared to do the hard yards and go the extra mile.

Must be a current financial member of the ACF and your application must have your region committee endorsement

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 upon request

Interviews will be conducted either in person or by electronic media. Closing date for applications is 31st March 2022

If you would like to apply, please email the following documents in one email to Patrick O'Brien


Your Application needs to include the following documentation

  • Letter Expressing your interest

  • Resume stating your experience; (include work, training & competitions)

  • Photo of yourself (in chef whites)

  • Written confirmation of your state chapters support

  • Written confirmation from your employer expressing their commitment to support your application and upon acceptance your commitments to the Squad

National Culinary Youth Team 2020

The Australian National Youth Team won a Gold Medal at the IKA Culinary Olympics 2020. The team competed in 2 categories, they were required to prepare meals following a two-part program. Read More