Tom Walton is a young, healthy, accomplished chef. Tom’s interests and knowledge extend beyond food and into his life, where he lives and breathes his passion for health, fitness, lifestyle and wellbeing.
In addition to the longterm success of The Bucket List in Bondi, Tom’s recent achievement include hosting demonstrations at Taste Sydney and Perth and at the Anatara, launching the Dux Nutts, and opening Deus Bar & Kitchen in Camperdown. in 2017, saw Tom launch Nudefish Poke in 3 Sydney locations. Already becoming an influential figure on the Australian food scene, Tom’s natural, warm, wholesome and honest style and charm make him a great personality for media/TV in a national and international market.
Growing up in the Blue Mountains, from a young age, Tom was inspired and taught by his Lebanese neighbour and adopted grandmother who introduced him to a Middle Eastern world of cooking he fell in love with. His youth was spent with her in the garden and kitchen – planting, foraging and cooking with her from a very young age.
In 2001, at the age of 17, Tom began his Career. Honing his skills and building his repetoir at Darley’s, the then 2 hat regional restaurant in the Blue Mountains. In 2005, at age 21, he was beyond his years, representing Australia in cookery competitions in Helsinki, where he placed 3rd in the world, against 24 countries. At age 21, Tom joined the team at the 2 hat restaurant, Bistro Moncur, in Woollahra, Sydney, where he worked his way up to head chef in his 6-year stint there with Damien Pignolet. During those years, Tom took part in over 20 cooking classes and demonstrations.
In 2011, Tom spread his wings and went into business with partners to open ‘The Bucket List’, a popular beachside eatery on Bondi Beach. It’s here that he is endeavoring to help influence the way we eat and buy produce, by working on a local food movement front, celebrating and supporting local growers, farmers and producers. This is a big part of his food philosophy.
In 2012 Tom and his partner Cheyenne created Dux Nutts. As a Chef and avid health nut, he wanted a wholesome and delicious gluten-free muesli to power him through his busy lifestyle. Now they are stocked in About life and health food stores all around Australia and now can be found internationally.