A popular media personality, Guy is currently in production co-hosting of a special Food Safari series for SBS, he makes regular appearances on David and Kim, MasterChef, A Current Affair and across all networks as the fun, flamboyant, skilled and entertaining Chef. Guy enthusiastically shares his love and excitement for tradition and in creating the exceptional dish. He has plenty of stories to tell relating to his family heritage, the history of recipes, and his own personal journey as one of Australias most successful Chefs.
He started cooking with his father Pietro, who was originally brought out from Italy by his grandparents to work as a chef in their restaurant Marios. Guy then worked at a seafood restaurant with a – mad chef, a Czech who was very hard. He used to make me cry a lot when I was 15. He says this gave him strength for the next jobs before he joined Tolarnos where his father was working. He was then at Two Faces with Hermann Schnieder, and after that went into his own place, Quadri. He and his Australian wife Melissa were there for 3 years and then opened Caffe Grossi, before taking over Grossi Florentino and in 2007 opening up at the site of Tolarnos, Mirka.
Guys concern is getting, and keeping, the balance right in the kitchen. Says Grossi, it is very difficult to maintain consistency with our style of cooking, it is classic Italian, but we do come up with certain things that may not be in an Italian cook book. But Guy believes that whilst the food may not be strictly traditional – when you taste and touch, its an Italian dish…it must have that identity whether created two minutes ago, or thought of two hundred years ago.
Guy is natural performer and with a huge personality, wit and charm, he’s a colourful and entertaining master chef.