role models: the mentors behind our top chefs

Behind every great chef is another great chef, as Kate Gibbs discovers when she speaks with some of Australia’s leading food talent about who inspired them along their way.

Dan Hong started cutting up vegetables for his mother, Angie Hong, in their home kitchen as a nine-year-old. She asked him where he’d learnt to use a knife “like a professional”. From television, he told her. “From Jamie Oliver. He emulated what he saw this cool chef doing. I realised, ‘oh, Daniel is quite good’.”

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