Jake Nicolson

Jake Nicolson

Jake is the executive chef of the Ghanem Group featuring the award-winning Blackbird Bar and Grill. Jake's commitment to incredible seasonal produce, meat and seafood along with his ongoing focus on developing his staff in the kitchen have most recently seen Blackbird awarded a coveted chef's hat at the The Brisbane Times Good Food Guide 2016.

Jake began his career at the Lake House in Daylesford under the guidance of respected chef and owner Alla Wolf Tasker. Prior to joining the Ghanem Group, Jake worked at Circa the Prince in Melbourne for seven years, taking over as head chef in 2010 where he was recognised with two Chef Hats from The Age Good Food Guide 2012. Jake’s experience also includes a stint at the famous El Bulli in Spain and previous to that in London at The Vineyard, The Square and The Ledbury.

In 2004 Jake was the winner of the Borges/Ferran Adria culinary scholarship. He was also selected to represent Australia at the International Food & Wine Festival in Dubai in 2005. In 2008 Jake was named Appetite for Excellence Young Chef of the Year. This saw him travel to Venice where he competed in the prestigious international San Pellegrino Cooking cup in which he placed 3rd.

Outside of his kitchen, Jake is a member of the QLD State Judging Panel for the Delicious Produce Awards, ambassador for Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Program & a member of the Royal National Agricultural beef judging panel.