Matthew McKenzie (born 11 November 1986) is an Australian Chef and Public Personality. He is best known for his work with Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver & Tobie Puttock. He is one of the first Fifteen Melbourne students.
Matthew McKenzie is an Australian celebrity chef, public personality, nicknamed "Outback Matty" by fans following his performance on the Fifteen TV series with Jamie Oliver. McKenzie was born in Maffra, Victoria and began cooking at home at the age of fifteen. He attended Maffra and Sale State High School. Matthew’s culinary career took off with gusto when he was accepted into Jamie Oliver's first international restaurant, Fifteen Melbourne, Australia. Matthew carried out training at Box Hill Institute of TAFE and then qualified at Sofitel Culinary Academy.
After successfully graduating from Fifteen Melbourne at the age of 21, Matthew landed his second chef position at Melbourne’s finest three hat French restaurant “Vue de Monde” under the professional mentoring of world renowned chef and entrepreneur, Shannon Bennett. From there, his career excelled with an offer to fly overseas to Hakuba, Japan, to launch the innovative Bar and Restaurant created by Australia’s first winter Olympic gold medallist, Steven Bradbury, at the boutique 4 star Aqua Alpine Hotel.
After the successful launch, including Matty’s own signature dishes, he returned to Brisbane, Australia, where he was appointed Head Chef at the famous historical Old Government House Queensland. Matthew is currently catering for high profiled clients including Australian Governor General Ms Quentin Bryce and Queensland State Premier Anna Bligh. McKenzie has cooked for Aussie actress Madeleine West (UnderBelly, Neighbours), Hamish and Andy (Rove Live), first winter Olympic gold medalist Steven Bradbury and pop singing sensation Dannii Minogue, just to name a few.
McKenzie was working on a farm in Victoria before deciding his heart was in food. He worked at some top Australian restaurants before heading to Japan to launch an Australian Olympic restaurant. In Australia, he debuted his cooking career at the age of 22 at Vue de Monde. On completing his qualifications as a chef, McKenzie began cooking in Brisbane. He went on to become head chef at Old Government House Queensland.
2007 - 2008 Chef Jamie’s Kitchen Australia Channel Ten; Freemantle Media Melbourne - CrackerJack Productions. [www.lifestylefood.com.au]
2010 Casual Cafe Guy & Friendly Fun Chatting Sun Cream Japan Ego Artist Management [www.egomanagement.com.au]
2009 Islander Dancer & Pool Party (Smooth -Fun) Euro Millions Lottery Ego Artist Management
2009 Chef Extra Channel Nine
2009 Chef Celebrating 150 Years of Queensland Channel Nine
2008 Celebrity Chef Appearance Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show [goodfoodshow.com.au]Foxtel Presenting
2010 Live Cooking Show - Celebrity Chef Food Association - Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
2010 Live Cooking Show - Chef World Skills - [worldskills.org.au]Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre M-World Skills
2010 Live Cooking Show - Celebrity Chef World Skills - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre M-Creative/ IBM
2010 Celebrity Chef Gold Coast Good Food & Wine Show [goldcoastfoodandwineshow.com.au] - Convention & Exhibition Centre M-Creative
2009 Celebrity Chef The Healthy Aging and Lifestyle Expo Meals On Wheels Organisation
2008 Celebrity Chef Tobie Puttock and Matthew McKenzie - Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show
2010 Presenting/ Interview - Chef Bay FM Radio Bay FM Radio Byron Bay
2009 - 2010 Live Cooking Schedule - Live History Interviews (3 Shows - 2 Interviews) Chef ABC 612 Radio Brisbane ABC 612 Radio Brisbane
2009 Presenting/ Interview - Chef 4BC Radio Brisbane 4BC Radio Brisbane
2009 Live Cooking Show - Chef ABC 612 Radio Gippsland/ Victoria ABC 612 Radio Gippsland/ Victoria
2009 Presenting/ Interview - Chef RAW FM Radio - QLD/ NSW RAW FM Radio - QLD/ NSW
2010 Film Casting/ Acting/ Presenting Class Griffith Moore - 88th Street Productions Byron Bay
2009 Commercial Casting/ Acting Class Ben Parkinson - Cutting Edge Casting
2009 ABC 612 Radio Brisbane Rob Minshull - ABC 612 Radio Brisbane Producer
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