Massimo Mele is a Tasmanian boy with an international influence.
Getting his love of food and cooking from his father, Massimo always knew he'd be a involved in the hospitality industry.
Here, Massimo sits down with Lifestyle and shares some of his favourite things and cooking influences:
Why did you want to become a chef?
"My father was a chef, so from a young age I always wanted to follow in his footsteps. I also love the world of hospitality, so and knew I wanted to be a part of it!"
Who is your biggest industry inspiration?
"That’s easy, my family. My nonna, mother and aunties were constant sources of inspiration when I was growing up. Not only were they raising children and running the household, but they always had time to put a delicious meal on the table."
What’s your go-to kitchen appliance?
"I cannot live without my Electrolux Multifunction Pyrolytic Steam Oven. These days, I’m not only a busy chef, but an extremely busy dad with my two boys! I do more baking, steaming and roasting for my family, and my Electrolux steam oven helps me do it all.
"Having the option to quickly steam broccoli and whip up a few baked chicken thighs with ease is great. I can throw a pork roast in there with the Smart Food Probe and get the perfect crackle while I spend time with my boys. Plus, the self-cleaning function is a real time saver."
Favourite ingredient to cook with and why?
"I’m loving potatoes right now. Roasted, mashed or fried are all winners! I get all my potatoes from a farm in Tasmania. Wayne Adams runs the Erinvale potato farm and he always has the best variety each season."
What is your career highlight so far?
"My career highlight has been moving back to Tasmania and reconnecting with food, direct from the source. Rediscovering my home state through produce and local growers has reminded me of why I became a chef. Growing quality produce and cooking with love is the essence of my upbringing and has become tradition."
What staple meal do you cook regularly at home?
"Roast chicken and steamed greens. It's simple, delicious and easy."
Can you tell us about the worst cooking blunder you’ve ever had?
"I could tell you, but I won’t!"