Taste Port Douglas Talent Lineup Revealed

Australia’s Top Chefs and Hospitality Talent to Head to Far North Queensland for the Seventh Edition of Taste Port Douglas.

Taste Port Douglas returns for its seventh edition from 10–13 August this year, delivering a smorgasbord of culinary masterclasses, signature dinners and unique dining experiences across the idyllic Far North Queensland (FNQ) resort destination. 

Festival tickets are now available to purchase on tasteportdouglas.com.au.

Bringing together an all-star lineup of Australian chefs and hospitality talent with leading local producers and restaurants, the full lineup at Taste Port Douglas this year includes:

New South Wales

  • Aaron Ward - Shell House
  • Samantha Payne - Wine Communicator, Sommelier


  • Alastair McLeod - TV presenter and chef
  • Ben Williamson - Anges, sAme sAme, Honto
  • Charly Pretet - Terra Firma Dining
  • Jake Nicolson - Blackbird, Donna Chang
  • Kerry Heaney - Eat, Drink & Be Kerry

South Australia

  • Laura Sharrad - Nido Bar & Pasta
  • Max Sharrad - Fugazzi, Nido Bar & Pasta
  • Penny Grant - Shaw + Smith


  • Massimo Mele - Grain of the Silos, Peppina


  • Adam D’Sylva - Lollo, Tonka, Coda
  • Bente Grysbaek - Pope Joan
  • Guy Grossi - Grossi Group
  • Ian Curley - The French Saloon, Kirk’s Wine Bar
  • Jerry Mai - Pho Nom, Bia Hoi
  • Matt Preston - Journalist, author, TV presenter
  • Michael Lambie - The Smith, Lucy Liu
  • Raymond Capaldi - Industry legend, Wonder Pies

Over four delicious days, twenty of Australia's leading chefs and industry experts will showcase the best of the region's tropical produce across Port Douglas by joining forces with local producers and restaurants to dish out a curated culinary program of over twenty main food and drink-focused events. Event highlights include:

  • Bente Grysbaek and Ben Williamson will bring the heat with a Night of Fire x Flames of the Forest. Experience the thrill as you join masters of live fire cooking for an intimate outdoor dinner celebrating the art of producing food over fire, complete with carefully paired wines from The Other Wine Co., South Australia.
  • Join MC Guy Grossi and an esteemed lineup of Australia's top Italian chefs, including Massimo Mele, Laura and Max Sharrad, as they present La Dolce Vita - an unforgettable Italian Feast overlooking Dicksons Inlet. The evening will commence with a refreshing Aperol Spritz upon arrival, followed by three courses served in a feasting style, accompanied by a delightful package of Italian wines that will surely tantalise your taste buds.
  • Party into the sunset as Cafe del Mar partners with Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort for the ultimate Sunset Session. Immerse yourself in four hours of electrifying live DJ entertainment by Cafe del Mar DJ Beth Yen, while indulging in an all-inclusive dinner package featuring delectable roving canapés and food stations, accompanied by multiple bars serving a wide selection of beverages.
  • The final day will conclude with the Sheraton Festival Village for a day filled with live cooking demos by celebrity chefs running from 10am, including Matt Preston & Jerry Mai, Laura & Max Sharrad, Guy Grossi & Alessandro Pizzolato, and many others taking the stage. There will also be a VIP Lounge featuring complimentary celebrity chef-curated canapés and snacks, a dedicated cash bar by Diablo Co & Estrella Damm Lager, and engaging Culinary Conversations with live guest chef interviews hosted by Graeme Twine.

Since 2013, co-founders Reina and Spencer Patrick have been committed to championing and celebrating Australia’s culinary landscape, and in its seventh edition, Taste Port Douglas continues to draw Australia’s biggest hospitality personalities and talents to Far North Queensland. 

Reina and Spencer Patrick

“We are stoked to collaborate with Australia’s diverse and talented culinary community at Taste Port Douglas. They are the key ingredient to the festival's reputation as one of Australia’s most celebrated and dynamic gourmet weekends of the year. 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,” says Spencer Patrick.

Tickets to exclusive masterclasses, long lunches, collaborative dining events and more culinary adventures are now live. Visit tasteportdouglas.com.au to see the full festival program. 

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