Chef Speakers

Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw, an Australian lawyer and the 2010 winner of the second series of MasterChef Australia, defeating student Callum Hann in the final. Liaw was a young prodigy, completing year 11 at just 14 years old, enrolling in university at 16 and becoming a lawyer at 21; but there seemed little doubt that Liaw's world would eventually centre around cooking. "I first remember cooking when I was eight ...

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Adrian Richardson

Adrian has a simple philosophy with his food, which he calls "modern Mediterranean" - use the freshest ingredients and keep it simple. Adrian is so passionate about his food that he ripens his own avocados and tomatoes, makes his own pasta daily, ages his beef on the bone and uses mushrooms that have only been picked hours before arriving at his restaurant. Adrian has released his first book MEAT ...

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Adriano Zumbo

Adriano Zumbo is no ordinary patissier. His creations elicit admiration from critics and the public alike and for good reason; they're unique in concept and execution – quite simply, you won't find anything else quite like it in Australia. This country boy's first taste of the sweet life was raiding the lollies and cake mix from his parent's Coonamble supermarket. In his pursuit of masteri ...

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Alvin Quah

Excitable, affable and unfailingly enthusiastic, Alvin is poles apart from the stereotype of a science expert. After numerous years studying, and with a pharmaceutical career behind him, Alvin says that MasterChef Australia has finally given him the opportunity to do something for himself. With a Malaysian background, Alvin says that his cooking is influenced by his heritage. Alvin's life has take ...

Anna Gare

Anna Gare is recognised as one of the most popular female chefs on Australia's Life Style Food Channel. She has recently featured in three consecutive series of the very successful 'The Best in Australia' program, co-starring with celebrity chefs Ben O'Donoghue and Darren Simpson. Her work in television cooking shows has allowed Anna to combine her natural flair as a performer with her passion for ...

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Ben O'Donoghue

For chef and television presenter Ben O'Donoghue, cooking is a passion and a reflex, it's something he's done since childhood and it never ceases to give him pleasure or stimulate his imagination. He unequivocally believes that food should be simple and distinctive, technically and culturally correct. ...

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Callum Hann

The youngest contestant in the second series of Master Chef 2011, Callum put aside his engineering degree to compete in MasterChef Australia. Determined to soak up as much culinary knowledge as he can, he would love a career as a chef whether he wins or not. ...

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Darren Robertson

Darren Robertson’s extensive experience as a chef seems to outstrip his age. He developed his cooking skills in kitchens around Kent and Sussex, before hitting his stride at Michelin-starred Gravetye Manor, under Chef Mark Raffan. In 2001 he moved to Australia to work with Tetsuya Wakuda, eventually becoming head chef of Tetsuya’s for three years. Darren also assisted Tetsuya at The ...

Donna Hay

Chances are, if you own a wooden spoon and an apron, you'll have cooked a Donna Hay recipe. You might be one of the 2.25 million people globally who own one of her cookbooks. You could be one of the millions of people worldwide who read one of the Sunday newspapers in which Donna's weekly column appears. Or perhaps you're counted amongst the 97,000 people who buy the bi-monthly donna hay magazine. ...

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Ed Halmagyi

Ed began cooking at 15 while still at school. He had a weekend job as a kitchenhand in a local bistro, when the chef walked out during Sunday lunch service and the owner told him to start cooking! Never straying too far from his passion Ed has now joined the refurbished Cru Restaurant as Head Chef. Amongst all this, he continues his work on Better Homes and Gardens and specialises in bringing to t ...

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A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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