Shoot the Chef Photo Exhibition 2012

Shoot the Chef photo exhibition launched at level 6 of Westfield Sydney as part of the Crave Sydney month-long food festival. The annual competition invites professional and student photographers to submit photographs of chefs with prizes awarded in each category.

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Shoot the Chef exhibition at Westfield

There were 22 finalists in 2012, with a winner for the professional and student categories, each receiving two return flights to Bangkok and a Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone.

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Lisa Hudson (L), Fairfax General Manager with Dario Milano (R), winner of the professional category

“Done and Dusted” by Dario Milano was the professional entry winner, with Mike McEnearney of “Kitchen by Mike”.

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Mike McEnearney of “Kitchen by Mike” with Winning Photo in Professional Category

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Lisa Hudson, Fairfax General Manager with Kellie Robertson (R), winner of the student category

“Food is my religion” by Kellie Robertson was the student entry winner with Chef Peter Doyle and sommelier Claire Mariottini at Est. Restaurant in a tableau inspired by Caravaggio’s painting of ‘St Matthew and the Angel’.

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Pepe Saya

Our favourite entry – and we openly declare our bias due to our involvement with the photo shoot – is “Pepe Saya’s Butter” by Henryk Lobaczewski. The image was first shown exclusively on Gourmantic in an accompanying sassy article “Pepe Saya Butter: Taste Meets Fashion” before it graced the windows of Victor Churchill in Woollahra. The photo was shot at Bécasse and Gourmantic was part of the concept and day-long photo shoot. You can see behind the scenes photos and read “the making of” here.

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“A Dash of Paprika” by Remy Gerega with Chef Nelson Burgos

Another favourite is “A Dash of Paprika” by Remy Gerega depicting Chef Nelson Burgos of Foley Lane.

All finalist entries are exhibited on level 6 of Westfield Sydney from 4 October to 31 October 2012 as part of Crave Sydney. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Gourmantic attended the launch of Shoot the Chef exhibition on Wednesday 3rd October 2012 as media guests.

Photography by Kevin Burke @ Gourmantic – All rights reserved.


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Shoot the Chef Photo Exhibition 2012 was last modified: December 20th, 2015 by Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


  1. Awesome photos! I agree with oyu on Pepe’s shot. Its fab!

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  3. Where is the entry of the Student photographer?

    • Hi Annie, it’s there as part of the exhibition with the rest of the finalists. Unfortunately due to time constraints, we didn’t get the chance to photograph it for the article.

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