Electrolux Ambassador and chef, Massimo Mele, was born in Tasmania, then raised in Naples, Italy, where his culinary journey began.

Massimo spent his late teen years working in Hobart’s best restaurants where he completed his apprenticeship under chef, Roberto Castellanni, at the prestigious Donovan’s Restaurant in St Kilda, Victoria. He was named ‘Apprentice of The Year’ in 1999 at the Restaurant & Catering Awards.

In 2004, Massimo returned to open Mud Bar and Restaurant in Launceston, which received a prestigious Chefs Hat and numerous industry awards. He also won the People’s Choice Award at Appetite for Excellence.

More recently, Massimo has been the Executive Chef of the Hugo’s Group in Sydney and Executive Chef for La Scala on Jersey Restaurant & Cocktail bar in Woollahra, Sydney.

Massimo now divides his time between Hobart and Sydney where he operates a boutique catering company (Catering by Massimo), hosts a range of food events across Australia, and is opening a new restaurant in the heart of the Sydney CBD.

Massimo Mele is the host of Electrolux Chefs’ Secrets at Taste Festivals in Australia.