Alison Taafe attributes much of her success as a chef to the vigorous training she received at the world-famous Westminster Hotel School in London, which boasts celebrity ex-students including Jamie Oliver.

As a talented 21-year-old, she was appointed to her first head chef position at JP Morgan Investments in London.

From there, her career soared as she received offers from around the world including the playgrounds of the rich and famous in the United States, France and Australia.

She has cooked for film and pop stars, sporting greats, heads of state including two US Presidents and royalty namely Queen Elizabeth II and the King and Queen of Spain.

After travelling the globe Alison arrived in Australia in 1988. She was appointed chef for the Australian Pavilion VIP Lounge at World Expo 88, where she met and fell in love with her husband, Steve.

Together, Alison and Steve ran a successful gourmet catering business in Brisbane before Alison moved into teaching the budding chefs of the future.

  • In 2004, Alison was the first ever chef to win a prestigious Churchill Fellowship
  • In 2006, she was named Outstanding Educator for Culinary Arts by the Queensland Department of Education
  • In 2008, she released her first cookbook, Fun, Fast and Fabulous Food
  • In 2010, she released her second cookbook, Leftovers Magic
  • In 2013, she released her third cookbook, Eat for your Life, in which she takes readers on the powerful journey of her beloved sister Laura’s fight to beat secondary breast cancer and shares her vast knowledge of food, nutrition and information on healthy diets
  • In 2014, Alison realised her life long dream of opening a first class culinary school in Brisbane, Qld with the launch of ICE (The Institute of Culinary Excellence). For more info on the school visit www.theice.com.au 
  • In 2018, ICE won Best School In Queensland and Best Culinary School in Australia
About About
Alison Taafe is Australia's fun and fabulous Sassy Chef.