Top Chief returns from Sydney to be with his family

Massimo Mele says it's time to head home

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Massimo Mele doing what he loves

Massimo Mele doing what he loves [©Massimo Mele]

Massimo Mele and family
Massimo Mele


Massimo Mele has confirmed he has relocated to Tasmania permanently over the Christmas period.

Given the last 18 months he has been flying back and forth from the island state, the opportunities that have arisen have been timely. “It’s time”, he says, “my little boy is growing up so fast and I am getting married in the last week of February and there is so much happening in Tassie at the moment.”

Massimo has spent the last ten years building a name for himself in Sydney, with his ‘no fuss’ and simple approach to cooking. He has dived straight into a project in the north of the state, consulting on the new Silos development in Launceston. Massimo’s first head chef job was in Launceston opening Mud Bar and Restaurant in 2004 and says “it has been a nostalgic trip down memory lane.”

Over the last two years Massimo has been collaborating with local businesses and wineries, creating events in Tasmania. The events were to not only to re-discover Tassie’s quality local products but to show that he is serious about being back home.

Tutti a Tavola at Stefano Lubiana was the first event in August 2015, followed by a pop up at Wiling Brothers, Lunch in the Vines at Home Hill Winery, Cradle Coast Tasting trail Dinner in Smithton, featured at Dark Mofo’s Winter Feast grilling cheese over fire. More recently Massimo has collaborated with Matt Adams from Timbre for the Farmgate Festival dinner celebrating the Tamar Region. Safe to say, Massimo Mele is cementing his place back in his home state.

Next on the horizon is food touring around the island to seek the best produce for the launch of the Silos in May. Cooking experiences are also a possibility in his new home later next year. Massimo says “I love food, I love cooking and connecting with people through these experiences” Massimo and his wife-to-be have recently purchased a new property in Hobart, where they plan to create a foodie destination experience.

“It will be intimate, with the potential to arrive by water and with a special touch my Mamma Maria will also be involved. We are so lucky to live in this part of the World.” Mele says.



  • Hobart (TAS)

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