The only chef from Australia to make the list, Dan Hunter began his career scrubbing pots and pans, not knowing what he wanted to do with his life. When he made the decision to try cooking, he joined Philippe Mouchel at Langton’s restaurant in Melbourne to learn from the best.
By 2005, he was given the role of chef de partie at Mugaritz in Spain, which eventually received a Michelin star. Hunter was promoted to head chef within a year and was a great presence behind the restaurant’s two stars.
Still, when he returned to Australia, he spent four years looking for a way to lead his own restaurant. That came with Brae, which opened in 2013. Michelin may not award stars to Australian restaurants, but Hunter’s honors as one of the best chefs in the world are enough to prove his merit.