Australian Turf Club executive chef named Chef of the Year

Gerry Maher, group executive chef at the Australian Turf Club (ATC), has been named Chef of the Year at the Restaurant & Catering, NSW Hospitality Awards.

Maher’s career spans over 30 years and has taken him across the globe in roles including Sous Chef at the Sydney Olympic Games, owner of a catering company, and now leading the kitchen and catering team at the ATC.

Several of Maher’s career achievements have come about as a result of the pandemic and initiatives he has designed and led to support his team, colleagues and the ATC business, the hospitality industry and those in the community who needed extra support.

The ATC team and Gary (centre) at the Awards night.

“This award is a great honour and I’m humbled to receive it when I’m amongst such an outstanding list of fellow chefs and finalists,” he said.

“And while this award is for Chef of the Year, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without the incredible teams I get to work with across all our venues, and so I celebrate this win with them.

“I am fortunate to work in an industry I am deeply passionate about and where every day offers something new – from ingredients and how different cultures and chefs utilise them, to the wonderful mix of people in the industry – my career has been and continues to be an exciting journey of learning.”

Maher works across all five ATC venues – Royal Randwick, Rosehill Gardens, Rosehill Bowling Club, Canterbury Park and Warwick Farm.