Lizard Island sous-chef Blake Thornley is eagerly awaiting the results of a long culinary journey having been shortlisted as one of just seven Young Chef Finalists in this year’s 2010 Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards.

After a Young Chef cook off for judges including Philip Johnson, Tetsuya Wakuda and Luke Mangan, Blake Thornley was named as one of the seven national finalists in the 2010 Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards.

Blake then joined the other Electrolux Young Chef, Waiter and Restaurateur national finalists in a six-day produce tour along the NSW coast where they met a series of producers responsible for the quality meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables and wines, that are served in the country’s best restaurants. Immediately following the tour, Blake and the other young chef national finalists took part in the final judging where they competed in a Master Chef-inspired mystery box cook-off, followed by an individual interview with the judging panel with the likes of Tetsuya Wakuda, Luke Mangan and Lyndey Milan.

Twenty-one-year-old Blake, who has worked on Lizard Island for two years, will now have to wait until August 9th, when the national winners and runners up in each category will be announced at an invitation-only awards presentation event attended by Australia’s most respected food industry leaders.

Blake said winning the 2010 Electrolux Young Chef award would help him excel as a chef.

“It will result in new experiences and challenges, providing me with the opportunity to meet others who are as passionate about the hospitality industry as I am. These individuals can teach me new theories and techniques to help me be the best chef that I can be.”

With a food philosophy of ‘fresh is best’ Blake enjoys seasonality and the sustainability of food, and on Lizard Island enjoys preparing food for guests with discerning tastes in the stunning Great Barrier Reef location.

The 2010 Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards are a national restaurant awards program judged by some of Australia’s most successful chefs, restaurateurs, and industry leaders.

It was founded in 2005 by Luke Mangan and Lucy Allon as they recognised that the hospitality industry needed to support the next generation. The awards program has evolved to now include young chef, young waiter in 2007, and young restaurateur in 2009, creating a holistic awards program that rewards all aspects of the industry.

Lizard Island has been one of Australia’s most iconic luxury island resorts for more than 35 years and now under new ownership of Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts continues to offer discerning travellers a truly exceptional, Australian luxury island experience.

A constant favourite in the ‘world’s best’ lists, Lizard Island was voted as having the Best Leisure Facilities by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine UK earlier this year, in addition to making regular appearances on the Conde Nast Traveller Gold Lists.

Lizard Island is just 150 miles north of Cairns on the stunning Great Barrier Reef, but is truly secluded from the rest of the world.


Editors Note:
Lizard Island is owned and operated by Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts, owners of iconic Australian resorts including Wilson Island, El Questro Wilderness Park, Lizard Island and Kings Canyon Resort.

Globally, Delaware North’s tourism portfolio includes iconic properties in North America, such as Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex; Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone; and Gideon Putnam Resort.


Louise Longman
Longman Communications
+61 488 215 983
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