Rob Cockerill

Executive Chef at Bennelong
Participating in their 4th CEO CookOff


I'm helping OzHarvest raise $3,000,000 to feed those in need in the OzHarvest CEO CookOff

I'm participating in OzHarvest's 2019 CEO CookOff, where top CEOs, chefs and companies work together to make a difference to Australia’s most vulnerable and reduce food waste.

We'd love your support in helping our organisation reach our fundraising goal! Every $1 donated to OzHarvest means they can deliver 2 meals to those in need.

Watch the video to see what this means to the people OzHarvest helps.

Stay tuned for the journey!

My Bio

Robert Cockerill is the Head Chef at Bennelong.

The 34-year-old was born in Sydney but spent part of his childhood years living abroad with his family in France and the UK before returning to Australia to complete his schooling. During high school, Rob’s parents bought a small farm in Mudgee, turning it into a working olive grove, which produced high quality extra virgin olive oil. It was during this time that Rob gained a true understanding of the concept of seasons. Following high school, Rob moved to Newcastle where he began his chef’s apprenticeship at a local cafe. He then went on to study viticulture at Sydney University.

After a stint in early 2000 working in hatted Sydney restaurants, Rob went to Far North Queensland where he worked closely with fisherman learning the art of spear-fishing and finding a connection to the water and environment; a passion of his to this day.

Rob was then approached by the Soho House Group in London. From there Rob spent several years in London working across the restaurant group. It was during his time in London that Rob had heard what Peter Gilmore was doing in Australia at Quay. He was drawn to Chef Gilmore’s food philosophy and approach to produce, something that mirrored his own.

Upon his return home to Sydney in 2008, Rob approached Quay and was hired to work under Executive Chef Gilmore. It was during his 7 years at Quay that Rob was able to immerse himself in the innovative cuisine of Chef Gilmore and work closely alongside him in building invaluable relationships with Quay producers - the Australian farmers, fishermen and growers whose produce is the centrepiece of Chef Gilmore’s cuisine.

In July 2015, Robert Cockerill was announced as the Head Chef at the newly reopened Bennelong at The Sydney Opera House, again working alongside Executive Chef Peter Gilmore to deliver the very best Australian produce within a uniquely Australian space.

Bennelong has since gone on to win Best New Restaurant at all major Australian Restaurant Awards including The 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Awards, The 2016 Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards, The 2015 Sydney Time Out Food Awards, The 2016 Australian Gault Millau Awards and The 2015 Australian Restaurant and Catering Awards.

My Achievements

$5,000 raised – Halfway there!

$10,000 raised – Target reached!

Target Increased

$50,000 raised!!!

Thank you to my Sponsors


Amanda Yallop

Good luck


Keith Robert Payne


Jonathan Rimba

Its inspired me as a chef to do a good thing for others Hope can work with a good guy like you

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