Jake Nicholson

Lifestyle | Food & Wine, Business, Motivational

Jake Nicholson began his cooking career at the Lake House in Daylesford under the guidance of respected chef and owner Alla Wolf Tasker. Prior to joining the Ghanem Group, Jake worked at Circa the Prince in Melbourne for seven years, taking over as head chef in 2010 where he was recognised with two Chef Hats from The Age Good Food Guide 2012.

Jake’s work experience also includes a stint at the famous El Bulli in Spain and previous to that in London at The Vineyard, The Square and The Ledbury.
In 2004 Jake was the winner of the Borges/Ferran Adria culinary Scholarship. He was also selected to represent Australia at the International Food & Wine Festival in Dubai in 2005. In 2008 Jake was named Appetite for Excellence Young Chef of the Year. This saw him travel to Venice where he competed in the prestigious international San Pellegrino Cooking cup in which he placed 3rd.
As the Ghanem Group’s Executive Chef Jake runs multiple venues including the hatted Blackbird Bar & Grill on Eagle Street pier, Blackbird Private Dining and Events, Byblos Bar and Restaurant Brisbane, Byblos Bar and Restaurant Melbourne and our chain of Lord of the Wings stores. With many more to come.
Outside of his kitchen, Jake is a member of the QLD State Judging Panel for the Delicious Produce Awards, ambassador for Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Program & a member of the Royal National Agricultural beef judging panel.

To engage Jacob for cooking demonstrations, major events, speaking or judging in food industry events, advertising or endorsements contact Abby Edwards - abby@onyasoapbox.com