First class chef with a big Italian heart and soul
Massimo Mele is one of the leading culinary experts in Australia. With a slew of awards including a Chef’s Hat, Apprentice of the Year, and the People’s Choice Awards at Lexus’ Young Chef of the Year Competition, Massimo continues to delight with his passion for Italian cuisine.
Having been raised in Naples, Massimo inherited his passion for cooking from his family, who cooked and prepared food every day of the week. Hungry for more knowledge, Massimo set his sights around the world, mastering his craft in Italy’s south, to managing a team of chefs for G’Day USA’s gala event which boasted 800 global VIP guests.
He brought his ethos of Tutti A Tavola (everyone to the table) back to Australia when he hosted his own pop up by the same name. In collaboration with local producers, Massimo was able to celebrate true Italian cuisine with the local Australian community, promoting good food made with simple recipes and fresh seasonal ingredients.
Massimo’s brand continues to expand with his business Food by Massimo, which hosts street feasts and guest appearances across Australian specialty dinners. He also uses his extensive career experience to run cooking demonstrations throughout Tasmania.
Massimo is passionate about sharing his love of Italian street food with friends, and believes that great food can only be achieved through simplicity and the freshest ingredients.
He has been a frequent guest on TV programs such as Foxtel’s Imagine This, Ready Steady Cook, Yes Chef and Morning’s Battle of the Chef’s.