14/02/2018 |

5 thoughts I’ve had in my 20 years as a chef and restaurateur

By Dominique Rizzo (photo credit: Dominique Rizzo & Putia Pure Food Kitchen)


Through the sharing of food we share life and one is never lonely or hungry.

-Dominique Rizzo

1.    Food has come full circle 

Foods such as burgers, sliders, tacos, mac ‘n cheese and jaffles have become very trendy street foods and are no longer seen as the simple meals that once graced our kitchens with no other thought than a light, tasty meal.

I love that we are now showcasing a more relaxed dining scene with food trucks, casual eat houses, share plates and grazing food which I feel relates more to our culture and also our diversity.



2.    Working with culturally diverse staff has inspired me and enriched my experience


In my restaurants and over the years I have worked with many different people from all walks of life and I can honestly say I am richer in spirit for it. I love nothing more than listening to other people’s stories about their life, their culture and especially about their food stories. It has inspired, ignited and enthralled me.


As I have travelled all my life I am quite used to engaging with different ethnicities. We really enjoy a multicultural kitchen, where we can learn about their culture, language and especially their food culture.
3.   Australians have embraced Italian food as their own


Italian food is simply delicious and the flavours are familiar yet unique.  I think that it is the hospitality and the zest for life that Italians bring to the table which imparts upon the food and makes for any Italian food to be gorgeous. It’s about abundance, coming together as a family, or with friends, and ultimately sharing food.



4.    Whole foods have taken centre stage


Wholefood and healthy food options have really taken centre stage with trends in veganism and vegetarianism rising and the acceptance of all sorts of new whole food ingredients.


Putia Pure Food Kitchen, my catering service and cooking school provide a range of gluten free, vegetarian and health driven topics focused on healthy living, vitality and inspiration in the kitchen and garden. I love the essence of simple, whole food cooking.


5.   Food brings people together and creates beautiful memories


One of my fondest memories growing up was sitting around the dinner table chatting and eating a simple meat and potato dish my mother used to cook for us on our birthdays. It is a humble Italian dish, simple but delicious. It brings back so many wonderful memories.


Food, no matter its culture of origin has a powerful way of connecting people. Initiatives such as A Taste of Harmony provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate cultural diversity by bringing workplaces together and creating powerful memories.


Dominique Rizzo is one of Queensland’s leading chefs, author and owner of Putia Pure Food Kitchen. Find out more about Dominique here:

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