APPEARING AT: L’Elegante Tartufo Dinner, Festival Stage
Co-owner and executive chef of Young George, Melissa Palinkas has been lavished with praise by food reviewers who describe her inventive food as ‘fun, smart, original and drop dead gorgeous’. While she enjoys producing an innovative menu, Melissa runs a sustainable kitchen, and her ‘nose to tail’ or ‘root to shoot’ approach makes the best use of every part of vegetables and meats and minimises waste and plastic use. Sauces are stored in recycled glass jars and she sends the restaurant’s own crates to suppliers to be filled with produce.
Melissa’s first kitchen job was at the Brass Monkey in Northbridge. She worked overseas in London and Dublin before taking the head chef role at The Cabin in Mt Hawthorn for four years, before setting up Young George, which she describes as a neighbourhood bar with a serious focus on food.