Daniel Soto

Starting my career in the docklands in 2000’s. I moved to work at Grossi Florentino. On finishing my apprenticeship, I moved to London where I worked under Michelin stared chef Steven Black, at the Berkeley square restaurant in Mayfair.

On coming back to Melbourne, I took up the Head chef role at The Rose hotel early 2006 and gaining entry into the 2008 good food guide.

I left to take up the Sous chef role at the eureka 89. One of the most exciting of the many I was involved in was, the dinner that bought together Raymond Capaldi and René Redzepi together to bring an 8 courses degustation for the Melbourne food and wine festival 2009.

At the Atlantic group I was working as the Chef de Cuisine of Maia working under Executive chef Tom Milligan. While at the Atlantic group, we earned for three years running, the Victorian caterer of the year and Wedding caterer. Which was stimulating to be a part of, along with the entire year of exciting event that happen during the time I was there.

 Being a part of the Atlantic group team that was at the Melbourne cup’s Makybe diva marquee, trackside/ Skydeck and paddock club team at the grand prix where I was chef de cuisine of the rooms.

As I have worked and develop chefs within the workplace, I have grown a strong focus on training the new generation of chef, becoming a trainer this year.

Work History:

  • Senior Chef de Partie The Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London2004 – 2006

  • Head Chef The Rose Hotel 2006- 2009

  • Sous Chef Eureka 89 2009 – 2010

  • Chef de Cuisine Atlantic group 2010 – 2013

  • Sous Chef Simply Spanish 2013 – 2015 (Competed for Australia in world Paella competed)

  • Senior chef de cuisine Major events Atlantic group 2011- 2019 (Grand prix- Pit exit marque / Paddock club and Melbourne Cup Mykbe diva marquee)

  • Executive chef the Montague Hotel 2016 – 2017

  • Executive chef The Victoria Hotel 2017-2018

  • Culinary trainer 2018 – present

Additional Qualifications:

  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment.

  • Australian culinary federation regional judge 2018

Memberships, awards and achievements:

  • National finalist Bocuse d’or 2017

  • Member of The Australian institute of technical chefs since 2017

  • Member of the Les Torques Blanches since 2017 (2018 social event coordinator)

  • Member shared tables 2010

  • Member of ACF since 2018

  • Awards for excellence judge LTB 2018

Le cordon blue industry Invigilator 2018