Emma’s almost 20-year career reads like an impeccable pedigree. Leaving her home city of Adelaide at age 18, Emma completed an apprenticeship in Melbourne at Ezard under Teage Ezard, then relocated to Sydney as Chef de Partie at Tetsuya. Overseas beckoned, firstly at Sat Bains (Nottingham, England) then Narisawa (Tokyo) as the first non-Japanese chef ever appointed.

Emma headed home in 2014 to front Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant as co-executive chef and later ventured solo (back in SA) at The Pot by Emma McCaskill. In-between, Emma found time to be development chef with Australian Gourmet Traveller. Emma’s most recent ‘life on the pass’ was at Adelaide brewpub Sparkke at the Whitmore, where she helmed the kitchen for 14 months and is still a co-investor. From there she’s branched out as a business development coordinator in the SACE sector where she shares her passion of cookery with the next generation of chefs.

Multiple awards have glittered Emma’s career, and she currently consults with Australia’s premier food and wine festival, Tasting Australia.

Position: co-owner of Sparkke at the Whitmore and business development coordinator