Chefs & Foodies

 Our mouths are salivating for who is coming to Relish this year!


Rocco Turina

Rocco started his cooking career when he was 14 years old. Later he obtained a diploma from the Torino culinary academy (Istituto Alberghiero Colombatto) and then began his apprenticeship in many restaurants and hotels around Italy, French and England.

In 1975 Rocco opened his first restaurant in Cavour, with his wife Mara. He became a teacher at the culinary institute in Pinerolo,Piemonte. He also became head chef of one of the best restaurants in Palm Beach, Sydney, names Villa Jonas al mare, during a long stay in Australia, between 1982 and 1984.

He moved permanently with his whole family to Australia in 2002, and he opened a restaurant in Brisbane named Conte Cavour, the same name as his first restaurant in Italy. In 2004 he sold the restaurant in Brisbane to move to Hervey Bay with his wife, where they started a new adventure: Villa Cavour Bed and Breakfast. Here he continues his passion for food with cooking classes for guests and locals, where he combines the tradition of Italian cuisine with the amazing local produce that the Fraser Coast has to offer.

Hajime Horiguchi

Hajime Horiguchi grew up in Kyoto, original capital of Japan, a city renowned for its refined traditional cuisine. His affinity with this time honored art began at the early age of five when he would go to work with his father, a chef with his own restaurant in the old suburb of Kiyamachi.

In 2007 he travelled to Australia to take up the sous chef position at Wasabi Restaurant and Bar, heading up the kitchen of young, creative and talented chefs four years later.

He was awarded two hats of the Good Food and Wine Guide, Best Regional Restaurant, National Finalist of Electrolux Appetite for Exellence of 2013, State finalist 2014, Top 10 of Pacific S. Pellegrino Young Chef Awards and lots more.

In 2014, he moved to Melbourne to create classic Japanese, using one of the best and seasonable produce in Melbourne. He joined at Minamishima as kitchen head chef to create unique and own classic Japanese dishes. Minamishima got two hats, Best Restaurant of the year VIC of Good Food and Wine Guide, Top 21 of Gourmet Traveller first year.

Now he has moved to seafood heaven, Hervey Bay for the new challenge.

Saul Collins

Saul inherited his love of food growing up with his family well involved in the South west Victorian foodie scene. His professional career began with apprenticeships in Brisbane’s Italian influenced Romeo’s restaurant, Greek DaGapos and The Breakfast creek Wharf, where he met and worked with his future wife.

Together they returned to his home town in Victoria in 2002 where Saul worked within the fine dining scene for some years and opened his own Restaurant “Proudfoots on the River” in Warrnambool. Using fresh local produce to create well cooked dish’s that everyone can enjoy, Proudfoots quickly became a popular destination for foodies within the south west.

Late 2015 saw Saul return to the Sunshine state to join family in Hervey Bay. With seafood being a particular favourite for him to work with, the produce locally sourced in Hervey Bay and surrounds has drawn fresh inspiration and passion to his menus.

As the executive chef of The Vinyard Saul has enjoyed creating a fresh style menu which is constantly evolving to highlight local seasonal ingredients in popular share style dish’s matched to exceptional wines, a complete experience.

Dan and Steph 

Dan and Steph Mulheron became the lovable every day Aussie couple on the fourth series of channel Sevens largest cooking show, My Kitchen Rules.

Since taking out the title of 'Champions' in 2013, they have continued to work extremely hard towards their culinary and personal goals.

They have opened their own restaurant called EAT at Dan & Steph's in their home town of Hervey Bay QLD. 

Their biggest goal in life was achieved early last year when Dan and Steph introduced their first child into the world! This was the driving force behind their decision to enter MKR as they had to travel the IVF route & now she is finally here!

Dan & Steph have a huge passion for food and family.