Who has the toughest job and works harder to get your meal on your plate?

They are all demanding jobs, but which one out of a chef, a cheesemaker or a farmer actually works harder?

Walking around the Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show from October  17 to 19, you’ll be able to sample the results of their hard work but who should you thank the most?

The Good Food and Wine Show organisers decided to put it to the test and ‘follow a foodster’ for five days. They followed local farmer, Ian Murray from Bauer’s Organic Farm in Lockyer Valley, local cheese maker Stefan Wilson from Woombye Cheese on the Sunshine Coast and local chef Al McLeod for a week using tracking devices.

While farming is usually considered one of the toughest jobs, chefs are always complaining on television about how intense their job in the kitchen is.  Although I’ve rarely heard a cheesemaker complain, their job involves long hours of careful nurture and some pretty heavy physical labour.

Using activity tracking devices supplied by iMFiT, every step of their work day was followed from Monday to Friday.  The winner?  Hands down it was the farmer! He walked over 100km in five days, a total of 170,189 steps while burning 6131 calories as part of his job.

This compared to 30.2km/60,465 steps/2780 calories for Stefan and 24.15km/40,265 steps/1304 calories for Alastair. After waking between 4am and 5am, Ian’s average workday starts at 6am. His daily tasks revolve around shifting hoses and pipes and managing the irrigation system of the Bauer’s 1000 acre, chemical-free property at Mt Sylvia. When asked what he would say to the other challengers he replied: “Just come and do my physical work for a day, then we can talk”.

Although Alastair McLeod said the chef does work hard, he admitted that the farmer is really the hero of the food chain. “He’s the one facing climatic challenges and who works long hours. Having said that, the cook, as the farmer’s advocate, must not only meet but exceed the end user’s expectations. He is also often still working while the farmer is at home watching Masterchef!”

The project was inspired by the many Queensland farmers and regional producers showcasing their produce at this year’s show.  Meet the makers, learn, discover and taste local produce at this year’s Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show from 17 October to 18 October at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Entry is $26. For more information, check out our event guide.