TOP CHEF: Celebrity chef Massimo Mele will be at the upcoming Capricorn Food & Wine Festival.
TOP CHEF: Celebrity chef Massimo Mele will be at the upcoming Capricorn Food & Wine Festival. Rokfestival

Massimo looking to cook up kitchen fun at festival

IT'S all about having fun in the kitchen.

Chef Massimo Mele doesn't take himself too seriously when he's cooking up a storm, but the results are always delicious.

Massimo, who was the former executive chef of the Hugos Group in Sydney, is bringing his cooking style and flair to Yeppoon.

The Capricorn Food and Wine Festival kicks off on Friday, and Massimo said he can't wait to meet the locals and get in the kitchen.

"It's like paradise (at the festival); the sun is shining, there's the beach and nice people," Massimo said. He'll be doing demonstrations over the weekend and will be cooking at the gala dinner Saturday night.

"I might do a class on pasta making, but I want to show people how to have fun in the kitchen," Massimo said.

"Sometimes you don't use recipes and it's exciting to see what you're going to make.

"I just enjoy myself, and for me cooking isn't a chore."

Cooking has been in Massimo's life since he was a kid, with his parents being restaurateurs.

"Pasta's the first dish I learnt," Massimo said.

"You get told don't put oil in, and how much salt to put it, but I've always watched my dad and observed what he did.

"By the time I had a crack at it, I did alright."

Since then, his life has been spent in the kitchen.

He's even done stints on My Kitchen Rules and Ready Steady Cook, while showing his talents at major food festivals around the country.

Massimo said he's been looking forward to coming to his second Capricorn Food and Wine Festival and sharing his skills and food philosophies with the region.

"You wake up in the morning and my mother would talk about what we were going to eat for dinner," Massimo said.

"Every day was Sunday and every Sunday was like Christmas."

Tasty offering

Capricorn Food and Wine Festival

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Mercure Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon

Food and wine master classes

Interactive cooking classes

Celebrity chefs

For more information visit capricornfoodandwine.com.au

TIPS TO EAT HEALTHY

Massimo Mele gave his tips on how to eat healthy and what's easy to cook.

Pasta is really easy and can be cooked in 10 minutes with tomato, garlic and basil. I know it's a carb, but you can eat in moderation.

Salads are simple

It's all about being organised, you need to plan ahead and it's so easy after that

Cooking should be about nourishment and not a punishment.



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