The heat is rising in the kitchen at Georgie Bass Café & Cookery in Flinders after head chef Michael Cole was named the 2019 Australian Professional Chef of the Year. It was a lucky last-minute entry that saw this award-winning chef win the prestigious title and take home cash and valuable prizes. Michael was under pressure to perform not only because he won the title in 2017, but also because he was Australia’s representative in this year’s Bocuse d’Or global culinary contest. Michael didn’t waiver in winning his first heat, then the semi-final and on to the grand final ahead of 32 other finalists.
“I couldn’t be happier,” said Michael. “I really wanted to test myself and see how far I had come since I won Chef of the Year in 2017. I think it’s a great way to benchmark myself against the best of the best in this industry, and competing inspires me to be more creative and disciplined.”
Georgie Bass Café & Cookery is renowned for its top-quality cooking classes that run every Saturday and are limited to 11 participants, ensuring everyone receives personalised tuition from a team of industry-leading chefs. Alternatively, gather your friends, family or corporate colleagues for an event to remember in the café’s purpose-built Miele kitchen as your private group has a sensational sensory experience full of tastes that will delight and skills to replicate at home.
In the café it’s all about offering fresh, local and seasonal produce, using the best ingredients from regional farmers, producers and fish suppliers in simple yet delicious dishes. Offering breakfast and lunch dishes daily, it’s paddock-to-plate in this modern venue opposite the Flinders Hotel.
GEORGIE BASS CAFÉ & COOKERY
A: 30 Cook St, Flinders
T: 5989 0031
Open: 7am-2pm daily