George is an Australian chef and restaurateur of Greek heritage. Calombaris was one of the judges of the Network 10 series MasterChef Australia. Prior to his role on MasterChef Australia, Calombaris appeared regularly on the daytime Network Ten cooking show Ready Steady Cook.
He owns several restaurants in Melbourne. His flagship restaurant, The Press Club, was awarded The Age Good Food Guide “Best New Restaurant 2008” with Calombaris named “Chef of the Year 2008″. Calombaris draws on his Greek, Cypriot and Italian heritage for inspiration.
He also entered the Bocuse d’Or culinary grand prix in Lyon, France, when he was 23-years-old, and finished in 16th position.
He spent two years working at Reserve, in Melbourne’s Federation Square where, at the age of 24, he won Young Chef of the Year, Best New Restaurant and two chef’s hats in The Age Good Food Guide. In 2004, the Global Food and Wine Magazine voted him as one of the Top 40 chefs of influence in the world. In 2006, Calombaris opened his own restaurant in Melbourne, The Press Club designed by renowned restaurant architects Mills Gorman. In 2008, he opened two other restaurants in Melbourne, Maha Bar and Grill (with chef Shane Delia) and Hellenic