Celebrity Chefs

Special Guest Kyla Kirkpatrick – The Champagne Dame

Kyla Kirkpatrick, also known as The Champagne Dame is a champagne enthusiast, advocate and educator. She began her colourful career in the champagne industry over a decade ago, falling in love with the history of champagne after reading an article on why it is the wine of kings!

Kyla’s corporate life was put on permanent pause while she continued to explore every article, book and journal on champagne. Kyla wrote a letter to an author who had written one of her favourite books on champagne, to her surprise he wrote her back inviting her to the Champagne region of France to learn all about this magic wine in the vineyard. So Kyla sold her business and her house, broke up with her boyfriend, gave away her dog and bought a one way ticket to Paris – she never looked back.

Kyla has worked for Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (presenting on behalf of Krug, Dom Perignon, Moët and Chandon, Ruinart and Veuve Clicquot), represented some of the biggest champagne brands in the world, has presented on the topic of champagne in numerous countries and for dozens of companies. She hosts champagne master classes nationally, conducts champagne tours to France and is considered an expert in her field of bubbles!

2016 Celebrity Chef Lineup

MKR Contestants Alex & Gareth – Queensland

Best mates Alex and Gareth love to cook. So much so, their culinary dream inspired them to enter Channel Seven’s My Kitchen Rules season 2016. The “Miner Diners” were formed. And Australia fell in love with them. A couple of laid-back, Aussie lads that have a passion for good, healthy, locally-produced food. Alex & Gareth have big plans. Their ultimate dream is to travel Australia to discover the country and cook everywhere along the way.

The pair, originally from Mackay, now living on the Sunshine Coast, discovered their passion for food after moving out and “fending for themselves” as young men – and eating the food they were served up while working in the mines. They also found that, as a side bonus, it “impresses the ladies”.

Alex & Gareth are healthy food and Australian, locally produced food advocates.

They can’t wait to meet everyone at the Capricorn Food & Wine Festival! Come see their cooking demonstrations Saturday and Sunday in the AEG Celebrity Theatre.

David Pugh – Restaurant Two, Brisbane

Chef David Pugh’s continual search for the best available fresh produce provides his inspiration and the basis of the menu at Restaurant Two. David is acclaimed for working with rare and premium produce from carefully sourced suppliers. His use of classic technique combined with these fine ingredients and thoroughly modern flair has placed Restaurant Two at the forefront of contemporary Australian cuisine.

David is known for his down to earth attitude and approach to food. His love of cooking emerged at age eight when he would treat his parents to Sunday breakfast. Since then, David has worked with some of the world’s finest chefs, including a two year stint at London’s Connaught Hotel, drawing inspiration and skill from each and every encounter.

David’s commitment to high quality local produce and suppliers has seen him twice named Queensland’s Ambassador Chef, and he continues to incorporate the state’s best in his menus.

Join Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service as they present a night of fine wine and gourmet dining at David Pugh’s Degustation Friday 16 September at Restaurant 98 – tickets sold out.

Glen Barrat – Wild Canary, Brisbane

Glen’s love for creating tasty food in the kitchen started as a young child making biscuits and cakes at home. Looking for more of a challenge he started cooking meals for family taking an interest in French cuisine as well as growing fresh herbs to flavour his creations. During this time an understanding of companion planting and organic techniques developed growing healthy plants with optimum results.

Wanting to pursue his hobby as a career Glen did work experience in the kitchen at Michaels Riverside Restaurant during his school holidays where he was offered an apprenticeship which he completed at this venue. With over two decades of experience in some of Brisbane’s most iconic restaurants, the most recent being five years as Head Chef at Restaurant II, Glen is now enjoying his dream job where he gets to mix his two passions. Wild Canary Botanical Bistro is situated within the grounds of The Brookfield Garden Center and is lucky enough to have a kitchen garden which provides fresh herbs, edible flowers, fruits and vegetables to the kitchen. Plantings are done in conjunction with local farmers reflecting the coming crops and demonstrating growth habits of these plants. Producers Lunches are regularly held showcasing the bountiful supply of local produce from surrounding regions.

A keen supporter of farmers markets, local produce and permaculture, living in the Samford Valley with his wife and five children has further invigorated his passion with an ever-growing organic garden.

Matt Golinski – Food and Culinary Tourism Ambassador, Gympie


Matt Golinski is a highly regarded, professional chef with a passion for creating cuisine using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients.

Well known as one of the original team members of the popular ‘Ready Steady Cook’ television series, Matt has worked as executive chef at some of Queensland’s leading restaurants and founded his own catering company.

Based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Matt now enjoys working as a consulting chef to restaurants, being a regular guest chef at festivals and events and writing his popular food columns and blog.  He is also an active member of the Slow Food movement and a motivational speaker.

When away from the saucepans Matt enjoys sharing his love of cooking and helping others through his roles as Food and Culinary Tourism Ambassador for the Gympie (QLD) region and Ambassador for Foundation H – a not-for-profit organisation helping people living with disabilities.

He is also a keen runner and in Aug 2015 completed his first full length marathon.

Shane Bailey – Noosa Boathouse, Noosaville


Executive Chef of Noosa Boathouse, Shane Bailey has a passion for local produce and is a huge supporter of local farmers and of all things Queensland.

Shane started out in country Victoria and moved to Melbourne to further his training at St Kilda’s Donovan’s Restaurant.  After a successful nine years, seven as Sous Chef, Shane travelled to New York and the UK gaining experience in some iconic restaurants, before settling in Noosa in 2004.

He initially headed up Berardo’s on the Beach and then he took on the Executive Chef role at Berardo’s Restaurant in Hastings Street.  Passionate about the local area and the community, Shane was Executive Chef and a Major contributor for 8 years to the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival.  During his work with the festival Shane has had the opportunity to work closely with some of Australia’s acclaimed chefs including a number of San Pellegrino’s top 100 chefs in the world.

In 2013, looking for a new challenge and inspired by the spectacular Noosa River waterfront location, Shane started a new role as Executive Chef of the Noosa Boathouse. Taking on a new direction and new level for the restaurant, Shane focuses on quality, fresh, sustainable produce, local ingredient’s and using the freshest Queensland seafood and the best Australian Beef. Shane has created a menu that is constantly evolving and also incorporating feasting and sharing menu’s both in the restaurant and in functions and events.

Shane has also participated on the judging panel of the Queensland Delicious Produce Awards. He has also taken on the role of Executive Chef of the Capricorn Food and Wine Festival, and is working with Beef Australia 2015, co-ordinating the Celebrity Chef Program. His operations experience and food expertise makes him an invaluable contribution to our team.

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