Western Australian born and bred, Tony Howell discovered his passion for cooking as a bright-eyed 14-year-old while working in a Mexican restaurant to pay for surfboards.
Fast-forward 30 years and in that time Chef Tone, as he is affectionately known, has garnered a reputation as one of Australia’s best chefs. He has worked in the State’s finest restaurants, cooked alongside the world’s best including Heston Blumenthal, Alex Atala, Rene Redzepi and Sat Bains, he has been flown overseas to cook at hotel openings and private functions and he regularly represents Western Australia and Australia at important international tourism and trade events, most notably as Tourism Australia’s ambassador as the Western Australian face of ‘Restaurant Australia’.
Tony career flourished during his 15-year tenure at five-star boutique hotel Cape Lodge in Yallingup. With a menu he changed daily to take advantage of the best produce available, Tony won a legion of fans and received many awards and accolades, most notably Conde Nast Travellers Gold List Best Food Category in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2012.
Tony’s friendly and outgoing demeanour makes him a favourite with media. He has appeared on numerous television cooking shows including as host for Channel 7’s hit lifestyle program, Fresh TV and he was a guest chef on MasterChef Australia 2011. He has appeared in Condé Nast Traveller (USA), Forbes, Gourmet Traveller, The Guardian, Traveller, The Telegraph (UK), The Herald (NZ), Travel + Leisure, Qantas in-flight magazine and many more.
Tony is passionate about local, sustainable, seasonal produce and his approach to food is uncompromising.