Taste Port Douglas

Taste Port Douglas

Taste Port Douglas Announces Its Chef Talent Line Up And Events

Australia's Best Chefs Dish Up Their Expertise in Paradise

Taste Port Douglas returns for its sixth annual event from 11-14 August, with an all-star lineup of chefs, television personalities, cookbook authors, and wine experts from across Australia.

A stellar return of festival favourites will underpin the chef line-up this year, with a few new hospitality personalities joining in on the action and spicing up the vibrant and evolving culinary program. Delivering a smorgasbord of masterclasses, signature dinners and unforgettable food and beverage experiences across the idyllic far North Queensland resort destination, the official list of culinary talent and beverage specialists for the program includes:

New South Wales

  • Aaron Ward - Shell House - Sydney

  • Anthony Puharich - Victor Churchill, TV presenter, Author

  • Colin Fassnidge - Kitchen Nightmares - Sydney

  • Manu Feildel - My Kitchen Rules - Sydney

  • Samantha Payne - Wine Consultant, Communicator and Sommelier


  • Alastair Macleod - TV Presenter & Chef - Queensland

  • Ben Williamson - Agnes, Bianca - Brisbane

  • Dominique Rizzo - Putia Food, Presenter, Author - Brisbane

  • Jake Nicolson - Blackbird, Donna Chang - Brisbane

  • Spencer Patrick - Harrisons - Port Douglas

South Australia

  • David LeMire - MW Shaw + Smith - Adelaide


  • Massimo Mele - Grain of the Silos, Peppina - Tasmania


  • Adam D'Sylva - Lollo, Coda & Tonka - Melbourne

  • Adrian Richardson - Good Chef Bad Chef - Melbourne

  • Bente Grysbaek - Off the Grid Catering, Pope Joan - Melbourne

  • George Calombaris - TV Presenter and chef - Melbourne

  • Jerry Mai - Pho Nom - Melbourne

  • Raymond Capaldi - Industry Legend - Melbourne

  • Shane Delia - Providoor, Maha - Melbourne 

Since 2013, Co-Founders Reina and Spencer Patrick have been committed to championing and celebrating Australia's culinary landscape, and in its sixth series, Taste Port Douglas continues to draw Australia's biggest hospitality personalities and talents to Tropical North Queensland. 

"It's a great privilege to collaborate with Australia's diverse and talented culinary community each year. They are the key ingredient to the festival's reputation as one of Australia's most celebrated and dynamic gourmet weekends of the year," says Spencer Patrick.

He continues: "Culinary events of this scale contribute to skill-sharing and fostering interstate relationships in the hospitality community, providing unique opportunities to connect key players to the region's suppliers, growers and producers and a hungry audience of local chefs, budding cooks and interstate and overseas travellers." 

Heading up the sourcing and engagement of drinks experts from across Australia, Renia Patrick shares: "For those thirsty for more drinks experiences, we have a flowing and diverse beverage program across the festival grounds with a talented list of local and Australian producers, growers, winemakers, merchants, distillers and craftspeople ready to pour and share their expert knowledge."

With new additions to the talent program and even more delicious experiences on the festival menu than ever before expect to snack, savour and graze your way through the exciting new events

Book your ‚Äčtickets to the Taste Port Douglas four-day program here