Ask about Guy Grossi
Key Points
  • Guy Grossi is widely considered Australia's best pure Italian chef.
  • Guy is the owner and driving force behind Grossi Florentino, one of Melbournes oldest restaurants and the ever popular Mirka in Fitzroy Street.
  • Guy has taken his passion overseas and and has also opened Grossi Trattoria & Wine Bar at the intercontinental in Bangkok.
  • Guy is a popular figure in the media and has made regular appearances on top rating shows including MasterChef and A Current Affair.
  • Guy was the host of Food Safari, a special cooking series on SBS.
Topics
  • Territory
    We celebrate our Australian and Italian culture as one, referring to it as our ‘territory’ which combines our traditions and history with our current influences and environment.

    This philosophy is brought to life through generous and sincere hospitality that builds life long memories for all that we serve. Through food and culture we derive pride, pleasure and harmony.

    Nothing defines ‘Territory’ better than the backyard tomato harvest and suburban garage sauce making.

    Guy tells us about his childhood food memories and the forming of the ‘territory’ through multicultural experiences and the preservation of cultures and customs through food. Also, social well-being through connecting people to each other with food – the family table.

  • Chasing mice
    The ultimate business insight. After 40 years, Guy shares how he learned to accept chasing mice.

    Guy talks through his lengthy career sharing the good, the bad and the ugly and his learnings along the way.

    This is a talk about revelation, innovation and frustration, from modest beginnings through to owning the iconic Florentino, several other venues and business ventures and being recognized as one of Australia’s leading chefs and expert of Italian food and culture.

  • Love Italy
    In 2011 Guy took a minivan, a photographer, a scribe and an Italian Autostrada vetran over 8000 kilometers through Italy in 30 days.

    The trip was a discovery of the rich Italian landscape and sea and its artisan producers maintaining traditional methods of production through generations for hundreds of years.

    Guy shares all these stories, people and generosity in his book – Love Italy.

    This story will let you discover some of the rarest and most authentic traditions and methods of preparing food. It opens the door to places and foods of Italy only known to a rare few.

  • Father and son
    Grossi Restaurants is a generational business with family carrying on the legacy for three generations.

    Guy began his career in the kitchen under the watchful eye of his father (Pietro Grossi 1928 to 2003) To this day Guy still remembers his father’s advice. The connection between father and son working towards the same goals in business is something that Guy feels privileged to have experienced.

    Guy is now able to share this experience from a different perspective with his son Carlo who managers The Grossi’s flagship venue – Florentino.

    This is a light hearted and candid conversation between Guy and Carlo and the audience as they share their experiences together on food, wine, hospitality, doing business together and their generational commitment to bringing food, fun and Italian culture to Australia. 

  • Cooking experience with Guy
    Money can’t buy experience cooking with Guy in the real-life kitchens of Grossi Florentino.

    Craft alongside Guy, some of Florentino’s most renowned dishes before sitting down to enjoy a three-course lunch.
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