About The Wilderness Chef

Food is more than compulsory calories – it is a connection between earth and human, a source of many good and bad things, the bringing together of people. Just ask The Wilderness Chef, Cooper Thomas, who as well as creating unique dining opportunities at unimaginable locations, is also Executive Chef at Newcastle restaurants Talulah Bar and Equium. Passionate about serving incredible food at any destination, Cooper believes in living life in the most sustainable manner not only for the environment but also for those living in it. Expect menus customised for each occasion, with plates such as seared King salmon lettuce cups, crispy onion, iceberg, carrot and fennel slaw; for the main, delve into slow-cooked lamb and char-grilled asparagus, feta, spiced almonds, braised carrots and gravy.

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A few words from The Wilderness Chef


Hi, I'm Cooper & I am the Creator, Owner & Executive Chef of The Wilderness Chef. We are a catering company with so many differences. Our team specialises in creating restaurant quality dining & catering experiences in unimaginable locations. Whether you plan to elope to New Zealand with no guests or host a large scale wedding in one of Australia's magical locations, we do it all.

We believe everyone should be able to enjoy the food they love so all menus are custom designed to your taste, event, dietary requirements & budget, featuring stylish, sustainable & seasonal produce. Choose from wilderness feasts, canapés packages, grazing tables, banquets or alternate drop dining.

After working in the hospitality industry for 10 years & running two of Newcastle's busiest cafe/restaurants I decided to develop a company that would allow me to combine my passion for cooking & all things food related with my love of adventure, travel & the outdoors.

Whether it be a corporate business function or a camping trip with a few mates, The Wilderness Chef team can cater your wedding, workshop, feast, elopement, engagement, private dining experience or weekend away for any number of guests.

We have previously catered in locations as epic as The Blue Mountains, on the snow covered peaks of Mt Hotham, remote Western Australia, Port Douglas, Tasmania & Queenstown (NZ)

We can't wait to explore more places with you!!

Location & Map

International Private Chef/Catering company based in, Newcastle City 2300 NSW - See Map

More From The Wilderness Chef

Camp Fire Lamb Shoulder - Wilderness Chef Recipe by Cooper Thomas

What better camp fire dish than slow cooked lamb with vegetables…all you need is a glass of red, or ...


Charcoal Roasted Whole Stuffed Pumpkin - Chef Recipe by Cooper Thomas

Simple, local and seasonal ingredients produce an incredibly tasty campfire dish for all the family.


Opening Hours

Available 24/7

Groups & Functions

The Wilderness Chef specialises in providing restaurant quality dining experiences in unimaginable locations!

  • Up to 500 Guests
  • Birthday Party
  • Charity Event
  • Christmas Party
  • Cocktail Party
  • Conference
  • Corporate Function
  • Dinner Party
  • Engagement Party
  • Hens & Bucks Night
  • Product Launch
  • Wedding
  • Banquets
  • Buffets
  • Canapes
  • Cocktails
  • Degustation
  • Finger Food
  • Set Menu

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Member Reviews (5)




Original and silver service
James matches private dinners to the requirements of the host!
After a quote is accepted nothing is a problem! Outstanding




Exceptional in every way!
Have had Wilderness Chef cook on many occasions such as workshops & weddings. The food is always incredible and exceptional service! Even having him for my own wedding! Cannot recommend enough.