Our Chefs

  • George Calombaris
    Our Chefs
  • Travis McAuley
    Our Chefs

George Calombaris - Chef and Director

George Calombaris

Chef and Director

George began cooking in the kitchens of his mother and grandmother, developing his passion for traditional Greek and Cypriot foods.

In 2003 George became head chef at Reserve restaurant in Melbourne’s Federation Square. He produced a menu the likes of which Melbourne had never seen. Reserve closed with two prestigious chef's hats from The Age Good Food Guide, and George as the reigning Young Chef of the Year.

George is a well-known chef, restaurateur, author and judge on MasterChef Australia, with a handful of the best restaurants in Melbourne and a young family keeping him busy. If you see him in the restaurant, come and say hello - George loves to meet like-minded foodies who share his passion for food, family and life.

Travis McAuley - Managing Director, Hellenic Republic

Travis McAuley

Managing Director, Hellenic Republic

Travis McAuley joined the MAdE Establishment team back in 2006, when The Press Club first opened. He worked as Sous Chef at The Press Club for two years before MAdE Establishment directors invited him to run a little taverna in Brunswick East.

Fast forward to 2014 and Hellenic Republic not only serves the best Greek food in Melbourne at East Brunswick but also at Kew, and early next year at Williamstown. 

You’ll find Travis calling the pass most nights of the week, so be sure to come up to the kitchen and say hello.

Travis is also an ambassador for Diabetes Australia – Victoria.

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