Tobie Puttock began his career working in Melbourne’s ‘Caffe e Cucina’ before travelling to picturesque Lake Como in Italy to work at the beautiful ‘Hotel Florence’. After many years of perfecting the Italian language and his culinary skills Tobie found himself on English shores where he began working at the world famous ‘River Café’. It was here he worked with and became great friends with Jamie Oliver.
Returning to Australia, Tobie set up his own restaurant ‘Termini’ in Melbourne which went on to win ‘Best Italian Restaurant’ by the Young Australian Achiever Awards. But it wasn’t long before his old mate Jamie had a bigger challenge for him and so 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.
Tobie returned home and opened 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.
Tobie’s honest but light-hearted approach and passion for topics such as organics, sustainability, seasonality, and ethical eating, has seen him in high demand as a guest on some of Australia’s favourite programs and events. More recently, Tobie has been working with some big brand names including Helga’s and Black Swan products. He’s also the Ambassador for Jenny Craig and is has created dishes and sides that are included within the Jenny Craig menu form.
With 4 books under his belt, the most recent being ‘The Chef Gets Healthy’ and with his co-host role on ‘Indonesian Flavours’ which is in it’s second series, Tobie continues to be sort after within the corporate and media markets.