Experience the passion for organics, sustainability, seasonality, and ethical eating
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.
Tobie Puttock is a Melbourne boy who trained at Box Hill Institute of TAFE. He was only 18 years of age when is love affair with Italian food began, working in Melbourne’s acclaimed Caffe e Cucina.
He cooked his way across Europe, working eighteen-hour days in Italian speaking kitchens, taking time out for snowboarding excursions and the odd very long lunch in a mountainside trattoria. This is where his passion flourished.
Tobie also worked at the River Cafe, widely regarded as London’s best Italian restaurant, alongside a multitude of high-profile chefs, including Jamie Oliver. He then decided to move back to his home town, doing what he loves best, working in an Italian kitchen, the renowned place called Termini.
His mate Jamie surprised him in 2001 when he required his help on his next venture, to work with the under-privileged London youth. This took Tobie back to the UK shortly after. Tobie became head chef at Jamie’s Fifteen London in 2002, a restaurant endeavour that teaches disadvantaged young people how to become industry professionals. This moved on to become a popular television series.
Tobie opened a new Fifteen restaurant in Melbourne in 2006, serving quality Italian food, made with care, imagination and plenty of heart. In 2006 Tobie released his cookbook ‘Daily Italian’ which embraces the main answer behind great Italian cuisine: that cooking is, if nothing else, an act of love.
Tobie Puttock is well known for his genuine, easy-going approach and passion towards organics, sustainability, seasonality, and ethical eating. This is one of the reasons he has been in high demand to appear on popular TV programs, writing for culinary literature and appearing at many Australian major food events.
With his Channel 10 hit series ‘Jamie’s Kitchen – Australia’ in 2006, Lifestyle FOOD TV series ‘Tobie and Matt – Europe and Asia’ in 2008 and his Guest Judge role with Channel 7 “My Kitchen Rules” the launch of his three bestselling cook books ‘Daily Italian’, ‘Italian Local’, ‘Cook Like an Italian’, his work with Woolworths and the opening of ‘The Kitchen Cat’ in 2011...... it’s no surprise that he is a highly sought after keynote speaker.