john lawson, food by john lawson, Masterchef, By John Lawson

"I have worked with and for some of the best in the business; Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay, Gary Jones. I have had roles that have taken me around the world, I have appeared on television several times and cooked for some seriously famous VIP's.

I love food, cooking it, sharing it, talking about it and of course eating it!

Everything changed for me in May 2015, in the middle of the night I had a seizure. 

I was living in Melbourne at the time and got rushed into hospital where they discovered I had a grade 2 brain tumour. 

Aged 31, working as Executive Head Chef at the most prestigious hotel in Australia, I thought I was in perfect health! It came as a huge blow.

  I suffered severe side effects of the seizure, which was closely followed by complications after they took a biopsy which resulted in loss of speech and brain damage.

I spent 6 weeks in re-hab to get well enough to have the surgery to have the tumour removed.

In October 2015 the tumour was removed successfully.

My recovery could begin. 

This is when I decided I needed to help myself. The doctors told me the tumour can come back at any time, it is a slow growing tumour, so it could be a year or it could be ten years.

Research and reading as much as possible has helped me understand my prognosis and I am slowly coming to terms with living with a brain tumour. My consultant and surgeon have both been pleased with my progress and in October 2016 I got the all clear!

A year cancer free!

My recovery comes down to the food I eat. Food that helps your gut talk to your brain. Brain food that helps your body repair tissues.

I would now like to help everyone benefit from eating wholesome food. And I am not talking about boring tasteless food, I mean REAL food, great produce that will taste amazing.

We are what we eat, we have to look after our bodies and nourish them.

I hope you can take inspiration from my food and the information I will share."


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John in the press

John has appeared on the hit American TV show 'Chopped', Masterchef Austrialia and had a number of articles in the press, check them out here.

image credit: Geoff Pugh

image credit: Geoff Pugh

John Lawson Masterchef, John Lawson in the press, by john lawson

The Telegraph Interview

John was interview ahead of his ‘Brain Food Charity Dinner’ held with Raymond Blanc, Ollie Dabbous and Robin Gill in his UK restaurant.

Read John’s interview with The Telegraph


Masterchef Austrialia

John appeared as a guest chef whilst working at No.8 by John Lawson. He was up against one of the contestants in a blind taste challenge. Watch it to find out what happened!

Daily Mail article 'Amy Shields V's Chef John'

The Advertiser article on 'Melbourne Chef John celebrates two wins this week'


No.8 by John Lawson

Watch an interview with John Lawson about his restaurant in Melbourne, Australia and create his signature dish.


Best Restaurants in Australia

No. 8 by John Lawson was awarded its chef hat, this article is by 'The Best Restaurants in Austrialia'

Read more here..


Meet John Lawson - Executive Chef at Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar

Renowned Chef John Lawson talks about why he brought his international experience to Crown and why it's such an amazing place to establish a restaurant and build on an already successful career.