PETE CAMPBELL – MasterChef Australia Runner Up
Currently cultivating his fine-dining culinary skills under the tutelage of renowned Executive Chef Peter Gilmore at Sydney’s most prestigious dining room, Quay, Pete Campbell is on his way to becoming one of the country’s finest self-taught chefs. As runner up in this year’s nail-biting finale of MasterChef Australia, not to mention the mastermind behind the two-minute tasty peanut butter muffin viral sensation, this former high-flying corporate exec turned tattoo artist proves you don’t have to be classically trained to perfect classic cuisine that’s not only the talk of the table but the talk of the town!
Pete’s love of food was surprisingly pre-determined from a young age (notwithstanding the meat and potato years!), taking a temporary backseat while he fine-tuned his creative skills as a talented singer/songwriter. It was a year of gourmand travel exploits with his wife across Asia, Europe and the US that ignited his inner ‘foodie’ and he was able to understand food’s influence over place and personal perspective. Uprooting his family to Los Angeles saw Pete delve deeper into flavour combinations and crafting his culinary techniques. Fast forward a few years and today Pete finds himself at the centre of a new culinary culture post COVID-19. His life philosophy is all about facing the as-yet-uncharted road. And while it can be scary, when you do, it will ultimately lead to a life of doing what you love. It’s an adage he hopes to instil in his two young daughters. In the meantime, Pete is excited to play a part in helping people experience food that elevates a moment and creates lifelong memories. After all, this is what he loves most.