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Star Chef Tobie Puttock to headline flavour making at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers!

Star Chef Tobie Puttock to headline flavour making at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers!

 In breaking food-news, internationally acclaimed Australian star chef TOBIE PUTTOCK will lead the flavour-charge at this weekend’s opening of the 2017 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers following news yesterday that chef Anna Gare is too unwell to attend.


Boasting an extraordinary career and list of awards, TV series, books and food moments to his name and also close friends with the one and only Jamie Oliver, Tobie will arrive in Toowoomba on Friday to headline at the Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival in Queens Park through the Sunday, giving a series of cooking presentations and classes.

A huge champion of local produce, it is his first trip to the famous Carnival of Flowers, and there are almost 200,000 blooms eagerly awaiting his arrival!



Tobie Puttock began his cooking career at Melbourne’s Cafe e Cucina, before traveling to Lake Como, Italy to work at the beautiful Hotel Florence. After years of perfecting his culinary skills, he then traveled to the UK to work at the famous River Café, cooking alongside a young Jamie Oliver, who shared his passion for simply cooked Italian food and became a close friend.


Tobie returned to Melbourne, Australia in 2000 after further stints in Italy and Switzerland, to set up restaurant ‘Termini’.  In 2002 his old mate Jamie presented him with a new challenge – to return to the UK to become Head Chef of the first Fifteen Restaurant, a social enterprise to teach under-privileged youths to become chefs in a gourmet environment. 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 Melbourne to establish Australia’s own Fifteen Restaurant and Charitable Foundation.


Tobie’s honest, light-hearted approach and passion for topics such as organics, sustainability, seasonality, and ethical eating, has seen him in high demand as a guest speaker and chef - The Circle, Good Morning Australia and Ready Steady Cook as well as writing for Australian titles such as Good Taste Magazine, Delicious and Sunday Life.  He has featured in the Channel 10 hit series, Jamie’s Kitchen Australia (2006) and Lifestyle’s FOOD TV series, Tobie and Matt - Europe and Asia (2008) as well as several years as a Guest Judge with Channel 7’s ratings hit My Kitchen Rules, and most recently co-hosting ‘Wonderful Indonesia Flavours’ Season One and Two for the Asian Food Chanel (2015).


There’s also books - Tobie has written and released four best selling cookbooks, Daily Italian (2006), Italian Local (2008), Cook like an Italian (2010) and The Chef Gets Healthy (2015).  Currently Tobie consults for Tribe Hotel Group, Jamie’s Italian Australia, Jenny Craig Australia and NZ, Prahran Market in Melbourne and is a proud ambassador to Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia. As well as these ongoing roles Tobie has featured in major campaigns for Heinz, Woolworths, Fisher & Paykel, National Australia Bank, Oliana foods and many more.


WHERE TO SEE TOBIE PUTTOCK:  Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival

Friday 15 – Sunday 17 September at Upper Queens Park

This mouth-watering, world-class festival includes incredible food and wine, made with produce grown fresh in Southern Queensland Country. Sample local fare and wonderful local wines at tastings and food stalls, and check out a range of cooking demonstrations starring acclaimed Australian chef Tobie Puttock.



The 68th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers boasts a program of headliners across music, food, fun, wine, floral art and gardening that is testament to its position as the country’s most acclaimed special eventA breathtaking 10 days of flowers, flavours and sounds, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will take over the Southern Queensland city in the most beautiful of ways from September 15 to 24 with a program of more than 60 unique events.


Since its inception in 1949, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has flourished and is now an iconic Queensland event.  The brainchild of Essex Tait and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Carnival was introduced as a way for the city to use their “Garden City” reputation to promote increased economic activity following the recent hardships of war. On October 21, 1950 the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers commenced with a street procession that stretched three miles in length. Led by a bullock team and watched by a crowd estimated to be 50,000 strong, the Parade was a resounding success.


Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

September 15-24, 2017

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For more information, beautiful imagery, interviews or event detail, please contact Kath Rose for Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers on mobile 0416 291 493 or email