Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors - Chef Works

Jessica Liemantara

Jess is a passionate pastry chef who has honed her skills at top establishments such as Om Nom, The Press Club, and Nobu at Crown.

Inspired by her grandmother and aunt, Jess' baking passion ignited when she was young. This led her to become one of the youngest contestants on MasterChef Australia in 2018.

Her love for baking shines through her self-published cookbook, 'A Little Zest of Jess!', released in 2019.

Always up for a challenge, Jess returned to the MasterChef kitchen in 2020 for 'Back to Win,' proving her talent amongst seasoned veterans. This experience fueled her entrepreneurial spirit, leading her to launch her own brand, 'Jess Lemon'.

A lifelong learner, Jess continues to push her boundaries–returning to the MasterChef kitchen for ‘Dessert Masters’ in 2023.

She recently served as executive pastry chef at a patisserie and restaurant, further expanding her knowledge. Currently, at the young age of 26, she's mastering the art of viennoiserie at Ned's Bakes.

“I always wanted to become a chef ever since I was little, so when I’m wearing my chef whites I get a feeling of professionalism and respect. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my family,”

Jake Nicolson

Mentored by the esteemed Chef Alla Wolf-Tasker, Jake Nicolson has traversed a remarkable path in gastronomy.

Following his formative years at Lake House, Jake's passion led him to the illustrious Circa the Prince in Melbourne, where he ascended swiftly to the position of head chef. His exceptional talent garnered not just one, but two coveted chef hats from The Age Good Food Guide.

From representing Australia at the esteemed International Food and Wine Festival in Dubai to clinching the Appetite for Excellence Young Chef of the Year award, Jake's culinary prowess has left an indelible mark on the global stage.

Now, as the visionary executive chef of the Ghanem Group, Jake continues to redefine culinary paradigms, captivating palates and pushing boundaries across the vibrant dining landscapes of Brisbane and Melbourne.

“Food has the ability to bring people together around a table. The one thing that's at the centre of our celebrations, or experiences, is food.”

Scott Greve

Scott is the Executive Head Chef at 6HEAD in Sydney. His passion for food was embedded at a young age growing up in Wales. His grandfather was a gamekeeper, his grandmother a baker and his father a caterer; suffice to say, becoming a chef was in his DNA. 

“The empowering thing for me as a chef is to build a kitchen brigade based on love and respect. And to work with the best producers that care about the land and the sea." 

Watch Scott'sA Chef's Story - Hard Work Always Beats Talent  

Claire Van Vuuren

Claire is the Chef and Owner of Bloodwood in Newtown, Sydney. Claire is passionate about the hospitality industry, a founding member of the Women In Hospitality network, she is a respected mentor in the community. 

“Whenever possible I try to nurture, mentor and look after other females who are emerging through their careers.” 

Watch Clare's A Chef's Story - An Overwhelming Sense of Pride 

Peter Kuruvita

Peter is the Chef and Restaurateur of Alba by Kuruvita in Noosa Heads, Queensland. His Sri Lankan heritage is expressed through his cooking and love for fresh spices. Having been a chef for forty years, Peter has a lot of experience and knowledge to pass on to his kitchen brigade. 

"Forget about TV shows, forget about fame, think about your passion, putting it on the plate and being there when you're needed."  

Watch Peter's A Chef's Story - The Rest Is History

Kay-Lene Tan

Kay-Lene is the Head Chef and Executive Pastry Chef of Tonka and Coda restaurants in Melbourne. Her passion for food is evident in the exceptional dishes she creates but also in her effervescent personality. A mentor in the kitchen, Kay-Lene encourages her staff to stay curious and push themselves to continuously learn. 

"What motivates me the most about being a chef is that I love food! Growing up in Singapore, I am Peranakan, so I try to infuse those food memories into the dishes I create. The great thing about being a chef is that it is a never-ending learning journey."

Watch Kay-Lene's A Chef's Story - My Time To Pay It Forward