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We're excited to see the field of competitors who have already won their golden ticket and registered to compete at the 2024 World Food Championships. And we are always proud to announce our special guests and celebrity judges participating in our judging events across the nation - we're sure the championship food certainly helps! Best of luck to our 2024 competitors!


John McFadden


COMPETITION: World Seafood Championship

Australian born and trained, John McFadden commenced his career in the kitchen at the age of 12, starting as a humble kitchen hand. He has over thirty-eight years in the food industry and is well recognised for his attention to detail and leading multiple teams and operations. John commenced his apprenticeship aged 15, at The Lantern Palace Wamberal before completing at La Mer Fine Dining at Peppers on Sea at the age of 19. John moved quickly through the ranks with postings at notable restaurants including the two hatted Grand Fine Dining Room at The Windsor Hotel, Hayman Island & Xu Bistro at the Hyatt Regency where he won best Hotel Dining Restaurant in Australia. Along with Carol Selva Raja he was one of the first and youngest Australian chefs to be invited to cook at The James Beard Foundation in New York for 80 New York food critics. Johns last 15 years has been at a Group Executive Chef level overseeing multiple operations and team’s nationwide delivering varied food concepts and training programs. John McFadden is one of the great all-rounders of the hospitality industry. From fine dining, hotels, QSRs, Catering Companies and busy club spaces to helping providores and consulting to suppliers and industry McFadden is a highly-motivated chef whose attention to detail is well known industry-wide. He is a great communicator, mentor and motivator who loves to share his broad experience with keen apprentices and rising chefs who aim to have the same exacting standards that John holds in high regard. John is also the National Chairman of Judges for Chef of the Year at Food Service Australia and has also assisted in the judging process for Bocuse D`or, to select the Australian Culinary team. He was recently invited by the founding Board of Women in Hospitality to be a culinary mentor for their program. John has just spent the last year and a half as a BDM for a fruit and vegetable providore working closely with farmers and growers. John has also been the Group Executive Chef at Al Aseel Group, which has become one of the fastest growing Middle Eastern restaurant chains in NSW, with divisions extending to wholesale, retail, catering and events. Today he is the General Manager for Squizify, protecting your business with Digital Food Safety and the current World Food Champion