MasterChef contestant joins Le Cordon Bleu Australia

Byron Finnerty

Byron Finnerty

Former MasterChef contestant (2014) and chef to Hollywood stars, Byron Finnerty, is set to inspire the next generation of Australian chefs in his new role at Le Cordon Bleu Australia.

Finnerty will be working for Le Cordon Bleu at their Melbourne Institute, where he will serve Victoria and Tasmania as regional officer, heading out to schools and events to talk to young foodies about the many opportunities and experiences available to a qualified chef or patissier.

Finnerty’s love of cooking developed after a cycling accident left him with a slipped disc and he was told he would never play his beloved football again. With time on his hands recovering from his injury, Byron grew a love and passion for all things culinary.

But it was two years spent as a deckhand on the super yacht Odessa that Finnerty’s passion for food came into focus.

In 2014, he was a contestant on MasterChef and completed this journey by moving to Sydney to study full time with Le Cordon Bleu Australia, completing a Diplome de Cuisine/Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery.

“My study at Le Cordon Bleu gave me the confidence to take on a role as head chef at Bar Milazzo in Sydney, work for owners of a Michelin Star restaurant in their new Madrid restaurant called Meat Point SQD and cooking meals for the rich and famous on boats throughout Italy and Spain,” Finnerty said.

He added: “I am so excited to join the Le Cordon Bleu brand and my major roles will include reaching out to Australian students and showing them the amazing opportunities an education with Le Cordon Bleu can lead to. I am also looking forward to cooking live at food and career events.”

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