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Black Hats Chefs John Miller OAM and Gary Farrell Have Died

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Australia, 25th June 2020

Australia, 25th of June 2020 – It is with great sadness that this week The Australian Culinary Federation & chefs around the world mourn the loss of two Black Hat Chefs John Miller OAM, the first Australian chef to be honoured with the award & Gary Farrell, the youngest recipient of the award.

Both chefs were true legends of the trade and inspired so many of us over the years they will be greatly missed

Many memories will be with many Cooks who have passed through the doors of William Angliss. John you will not be forgotten. Our Thoughts & Prayers are with your family

We will miss the Larrikin, the Perfectionist, the Quintessential Chef and the Very Good Friend Gary our thoughts are with Ren and your family.

The Black Hat is an Australian commercial cookery honour bestowed by the Australian Culinary Federation Victoria. The Black Hat Award is considered to be the highest achievement given to a chef. Recognizing their contribution and commitment to the commercial cookery industry. Commitment must be measurably and significantly beyond what would be expected in a normal career as a chef. It is an award that places a high value on industry commitment in addition to culinary skill. The primary focus of the award is intended to honour the degree, the value and length of time of the contribution to commercial cookery. Only Chefs, who have made outstanding contributions to Australian culinary progress and development at the highest trade or professional level, will be considered for this prestigious award.



The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, known as Worldchefs, is a dynamic global network of 110 chef associations worldwide. A leading voice in hospitality, Worldchefs carries 91 years of history since its founding at the Sorbonne by the venerable Auguste Escoffier. Representing a mobilized international membership of culinary professionals, Worldchefs is committed to advancing the profession and leveraging the influence of the chef jacket for the betterment of the industry and humanity at large.

Worldchefs is dedicated to raising culinary standards and social awareness through four core focus areas:

Education – Worldchefs offers support for education and professional development through the landmark Worldchefs Academy online training program, a diverse network of Worldchefs Education Partners and curriculums, and the world’s first Global Hospitality Certification recognizing on-the-job skills in hospitality; 

Networking – Worldchefs connects culinary professionals around the globe through their online community platform and provides a gateway for industry networking opportunities through endorsed events, Worldchefs Village, and the biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;

Competition – Worldchefs sets global standards for competition rules and endorsemetn of key culinary competitions worldwide, provides Competition Seminars and assurance of Worldchefs Certified Judges, and operates the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge;

Humanitarianism & Sustainability – Worldchefs Feed the Planet and World Chefs Without Borders programs relieve food poverty, deliver crisis support, and promote sustainability across the globe.

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