George Calombaris is passionate and hard working. At the young age of 39, he has achieved many accolades in his career. George is internationally renowned as one Australia’s best chefs. His passion for food and determination to achieve resembles his amazing success in the hospitality industry.
In 2006 George found the opportunity to go back to his roots and started the Modern Greek culinary wave in Australia, and perhaps the world. He opened his first restaurant The Press Club where he showcased and continues to showcase his brilliance in Modern Greek cuisine. In 2008 The Press Club won ‘Best New Restaurant’ by The Age Good Food Guide and George won ‘Chef of the Year’.
The Press Club is the foundation of George’s restaurant empire. His incredible creativity, foresight and business acumen have seen successes with his venues. He constantly pushes the food boundaries and strives to provide the best food and service.
George loves to be one step ahead. So, in early 2014 he opened Press Club Projects, a food development and recipe-testing kitchen (designed for The Press Club) that is also open for select guests to sit, observe and dine watching the master himself at work.
He opened the adored ‘Hellenic Republic’ (now in four Melbourne locations), then opened the bustling ‘Gazi’ restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD, and more recently he opened his chain of ‘Jimmy Grants’ stores.
In 2009 George was selected to be a judge on MasterChef Australia. Voted one of Australia’s most popular TV shows, it has taken the world by storm. Completing its 10th season, MasterChef is shown in over 100 countries around the world and has become the benchmark for MasterChef programs worldwide. Although George is a well-known popular judge on MasterChef, George is firstly ‘a chef’ with a strong passion for food and teaching amateurs (on and off TV) how to achieve their culinary dreams.