APPEARING AT: MC for Festival Stage
Western Australian born and bred, Tony Howell discovered his passion for cooking as a bright-eyed 14-year-old while working in a Mexican restaurant to pay for surfboards. Fast-forward 30 years and in that time Chef Tone, as he is affectionately known, has garnered a reputation as one of Australia’s best chefs. He has cooked at special events alongside the world’s best including Heston Blumenthal, Alex Atala, Rene Redzepi and Sat Bains, has been flown overseas to cook with Curtis Stone and he regularly represents Western Australia and Australia at important international tourism and trade events as Western Australian Ambassador of Tourism Australia’s ‘Restaurant Australia’.
It was during Tony’s 15-year tenure at five-star boutique hotel Cape Lodge in Western Australia’s south west that saw his career flourish. With a daily menu that took advantage of the best produce available, Tony won a legion of fans and received many awards and accolades, most notably Conde Nast Travellers Gold List Best Food Category in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2012.
Tony’s friendly and outgoing demeanour makes him a favourite with media. He has appeared on numerous television cooking shows, hosted Channel 7’s hit lifestyle program Fresh TV and has been a guest chef on MasterChef.