Leading Australian chef, presenter and media personality Guy Grossi is back at the MKR judges’ table eagerly awaiting the new dishes, and personalities, the show is serving up in 2016.
On what he wants to see from this year’s contestants, Guy says: “I am hoping to see contestants use cooking techniques that enable the produce to show its best and purest flavour and using ingredients that compliment each other, not to add things just for the sake of complexity.
“Over complicating things does not impress a guest and confuses the authenticity of the produce and the dish. They just need to stay calm and stay focused and let the food speak for itself.”
Guy is the owner and head chef of Grossi Restaurants, including esteemed Australian restaurants Grossi Florentino, Mirka, Merchant Osteria Veneta, the new Ombra Salumi bar and Bangkok’s Grossi Trattoria.
He began his career at an early age, learning under the watchful eye of his father, Pietro, a renowned chef himself.
A champion of presenting Italian cooking in Australia, Guy was awarded the prestigious L’insegna DelRistorante Italiano by the president of Italy in 1996.
Guy is frequently sought out to present his love and expertise in Italian cooking across many media platforms including international and national television and radio.
As well as being a guest judge on My Kitchen Rules, he appeared alongside Neil Perry and Guillaume Brahimi on Iron Chef and with Maeve O’Mara
as co-host of Italian Food Safari.
Guy is also a dedicated philanthropist and has fostered strong relationships with numerous charities such as HEAT (Hospitality, Education and Training), which he is patron; Starlight Children’s Foundation and Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
He is the author of three cookbooks; his latest title, Love Italy, was released in 2013.
Guy lives in Melbourne with his wife Melissa and their two children, Carlo and Loredana.