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Gillian Hirst Travels from Brisbane, QLD

Gillian Hirst


  • Business
  • Female Speaker
  • Food / Wine
  • Master Of Ceremonies
  • Motivational
  • Success

Gillian Hirst, an accomplished executive chef with a stellar career spanning four decades, has left an indelible mark on the Queensland dining scene . Her culinary prowess has garnered her numerous accolades, establishing her as a multi-award-winning chef of international renown.

Gillian's culinary journey has taken her to the most prestigious five-star hotels across the globe. Notably, she was invited as a guest chef to the esteemed Ritz Carlton Singapore, The Okura Hotel Tokyo and is the only Australian to compete on Iron Chef Japan

One of Gillian's most loved dishes is the iconic Sand Crab Lasagne, a dish that has become synonymous with her name and gained national, if not international recognition.

Beyond her remarkable culinary achievements, Gillian Hirst has transitioned into a captivating storyteller. As a keynote speaker, she shares her inspiring stories and adventures from her illustrious career, providing valuable insights into the world of  the Chef.

Gillian’s legacy is not only etched in the annals of gastronomy but also in her ability to inspire and educate through her captivating tales and culinary expertise.

Keynote Titles

  • The Early Years
  • Iron Chef Japan
  • Creating an Australian Iconic dish
  • Current Trends in the Hospitality Industry
  • Challenges Faced by the Food Business
  • Success Stories and Best Practices
  • Customer Experience and Satisfaction


Gillian Hirst was just amazing today. Just by telling her story that so many of us can relate to. Gillian reinforced what can be done and how far we have come.

Attorney-General QLD

Gillian gave everyone in the audience just a snippet that it’s not just about how good you are but that you have to take on all those things the world throws at you. An absolute icon of Queensland cuisine.

CEO Queensland Hotel Association

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