Motivational, Business, Lifestyle | Food & Wine
Tobie Puttock began his career working in Melbourne’s ‘Caffe e Cucina’ before travelling to picturesque Lake Como in Italy to work at the beautiful ‘Hotel Florence’. After many years of perfecting the Italian language and his culinary skills Tobie found himself on English shores where he began working at the world famous ‘River Café’. It was here he worked with and became great friends with Jamie Oliver.
Returning to Australia in 2000 Tobie set up his own restaurant ‘Termini’ in Melbourne which went on to win 'Best Italian Restaurant 2002' by the Young Australian Achiever Awards. But it wasn’t long before his old mate Jamie had a bigger challenge for him and so it was in 2003 Tobie returned to the UK to become Head Chef of the first Fifteen Restaurant, a venture that teaches under-privileged young people how to become Chefs. Tobie seized the opportunity and was instrumental in helping 'Fifteen' - London achieve its status as ‘Tatler's-Restaurant of the Year' in 2003.
In 2005 Tobie returned home to Australia to make his own dream a reality and in September 2006 Australia’s first Fifteen Restaurant and Foundation opened in Melbourne. Here Tobie continued Jamie and the Fifteen Foundations work by each year giving 15-20 under privileged Australian youths the chance to become qualified Chefs.
Tobie’s honest but light-hearted approach and passion for topics such as organics, sustainability, seasonality, and ethical eating, has seen him in high demand as a guest on some of Australia’s favourite programs; ‘The Circle’, ‘Good Morning Australia’ and ‘Ready Steady Cook’ and writing for Australian titles such as Good Taste Magazine, Delicious and Sunday Life. He also appears at all Australia’s major food events such as the; ‘Good Food Show’s’, ‘Organic Expo’, ‘Great Barrier Feast’ and ‘Gluten Free Expo’.
With his Channel 10 hit series ‘Jamie’s Kitchen – Australia’ in 2006, Lifestyle FOOD TV series ‘Tobie and Matt - Europe and Asia’ in 2008 and his Guest Judge role with Channel 7 “My Kitchen Rules” the launch of his three best selling cook books ‘Daily Italian’ in 2006, ‘Italian Local’ in 2008, and his latest book ‘Cook Like an Italian’ in 2010 and his work with Woolworths- the last 6 years has seen Tobie become one of Australia’s most well known and loved celebrity chefs.
Tobie opened ‘The Kitchen Cat’, in 2011 and has found himself keeping busy with new projects and ideas in 2012. Stay tuned for more details to be announced soon….