Head Chef, Hillside Hotel

Chadd Kitto


I’m a Hills boy through and through

Biggest celebrity you’ve cooked for

Oprah Winfrey

Favourite meal

Anything on the grill

Chadd Kitto, Head Chef at Hillside Hotel, may refer to himself as “rough around the edges” and “a bit rustic like his food” but his culinary style managed to wow the Queen of Talk Show, Oprah Winfrey, during her visit to Australia.

  1. What was it like to cook for Oprah?

Cooking for Oprah was an incredible experience. She really is a wonderful person and very personal.

  1. How did your earn your culinary stripes?

I’ve been lucky to have had many local mentors guide and influence me, and they’ve certainly helped me get to where I am today.

  1. What is your food mantra?

I try to create memorable flavours by keeping things simple and doing it great. People taste when you cook with happiness and from the heart. We might be doing pub food but it doesn’t mean we don’t love what we do.

  1. How do you cook for the Hills?

I’m a Hills boy through and through so I know my patrons well and always cater to them as best as I can.

  1. If you weren’t a chef, what would you be?

If I wasn’t a chef I’d be working with troubled young men to help them change their lives and reach their full potential.


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