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.
In 2000, he returned to Australia to set up Termini in Melbourne, which won ‘Best Italian Restaurant 2002’ by the Young Australian Achiever Awards. The following year, he became Head Chef of the first Fifteen Restaurant in UK, a venture that teaches under-privileged young people how to become chefs and played an instrumental role in helping the restaurant achieve its status as ‘Tatler's Restaurant of the Year' in 2003. Returning to Australia in 2005, he opened up Australia’s first Fifteen Restaurant and Foundation in Melbourne in September 2006, where every year, 15 to 20 under-privileged youths are given the chance to become qualified chefs.
Tobie’s honest but light-hearted approach and passion for topics such as organic produce, sustainability, seasonality, and ethical eating, has seen him in high demand as a guest on some of Australia’s favourite programs, such as Good Morning Australia and Ready Steady Cook.
More recently, Tobie has taken a break from the demands of restaurant life, to focus on writing and filming new content.