Tobie Puttock's Profile

Chef Tobie Puttock
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The dark brown curls and boyish grin of Tobie Puttock belie the masterful skill he possesses in the kitchen. But this chef is more than just an expert in Italian cuisine – he has spent his career helping others. Tobie began his career working in Melbourne's ‘Caffe e Cucina' before travelling to picturesque Lake Como in Italy to work for ‘Hotel Florence'. It is here that he fell in love with Italian cuisine (and also perfected the Italian language!) However it wasn't long before Tobie found himself on English shores - working at the world famous ‘River Café' with Jamie Oliver. The pair became friends immediately and have worked together, on various projects, ever since. In 1999 Tobie returned to Australia to 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 2001 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. The Channel 10 hit series ‘Jamie's Kitchen – Australia' in 2006 and Lifestyle FOOD TV series ‘Tobie and Matt - Europe and Asia' in 2008, the launch of his two best selling cook books ‘Daily Italian' in 2006 and ‘Italian Local' in August 2008 and his latest book ‘Cook Like an Italian' launched in late 2010 have established Tobie as one of Australia's most well-known television and media personalities. Far from slowing down in 2011 he has excitingly begun his next challenge. The Fifteen Foundation will change its name and training structure to bring more of Melbourne's top restaurants under its apprenticeship umbrella. This will allow the newly named foundation, ‘Stepping Stone' the ability to help a higher number of Melbourne based disadvantaged young people currently experiencing difficulty securing long term employment. With a new Foundation comes a new restaurant that will open its doors late January 2011. With a locally sourced, seasonal, rustic Italian menu and a laid back cosy atmosphere, ‘The Kitchen's Cat' will embody everything that is Tobie Puttock. Tobie lives in Melbourne with his wife Georgia and his 4 cats. Anna Lisle