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Adam D'sylva



31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Adam D’Sylva has become one of the most talked about chefs in Melbourne building himself an enviable culinary reputation.

Adam’s career began undertaking an apprenticeship at ‘Hilton on the Park’ in Melbourne. He then worked as a chef at a celebrity restaurant, Cosi, in South Yarra. Following this, the aspiring chef wanted to explore his love for quality food by travelling through Europe and Asia working in restaurants in Italy and Hong Kong.

On his return to Australia, he was positioned as Head Chef in one of Melbourne’s most highly regarded restaurants, Pearl Restaurant, under the respected Geoff Lindsay. His career was going from strength to strength, and Adam won The Age 2008 Food Guide’s Young Chef of the Year. As part of his award, he travelled to New York to work with Thomas Keller at Per Se, arguably one of America’s best restaurants. Adding to this, the professional chef has also twice been the Victorian winner in the Lexus Young Chef of the Year Award.

Adam is now the part owner and head chef of CODA and TONKA – two of Melbourne’s hottest bar and restaurants.

D’Sylva is one to watch, he is extremely competitive and his talent in the kitchen will no doubt be strongly replicated behind the wheel!

How would you describe yourself as a driver?

Impatient and very competitive, I do get annoyed by people driving slowly.

What does racing in the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge mean to you and what are you looking forward to most?

Winning! Meeting people I don’t know and getting to know the other competitors, learning how to become a better driver and also how to race!

Do you follow Formula One? What’s your favourite Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix or Formula One memory or experience?

Every year they keep on getting better! I always have a really great fun time, great group of people– This year will definitely be the best so far!

Do you know anyone that has competed in the Celebrity Challenge before? If yes, what advice have they provided? If not, who would you most likely call on for tips and why?

No, but I have been told to play Nintendo to practice.

How do you think you’ll go in the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge? What are you expectations?

I think I will win, If I don’t win I’m going to crash!

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