We sat down with Alessandro Pavoni, head chef and owner of Ormeggio Restaurant, who recently starred on MasterChef to talk about his favourite foods and his food inspiration.
My favourite food is… Of course Italian, is clean and fresh, after that I like Japanese.
I realised I wanted to be a chef when… I was helping my grandmother make Ravioli when I was 13, and I decided then that I would go to chefs school.
My last meal would be… Cotecchino sausage with lentils and spinach and a bottle of the best Amarone.
My food inspiration comes from… Most of the time it comes from the products. I get very excited when I find a good new product. It inspires me to create new dishes.
The food I make for my loved ones is… Speido, a typical spit roast from my town with quails, ducks, pork and rabbit served with Polenta. I have also named my new restaurant after this dish. It opens the 15th August in Westfield CBD.
The next big thing in food will be… The sustainability of the ingredient will have the longevity in this industry.
The best I have had was… A meal that I had in Italy in Alba restaurant called Piazza D’uomo created by chef Enrico Crippa.
My favourite place to eat is… My home in Italy.
Can you please nominate what you think best typifies Australia’s national dish and why? Pavlova, I like it and think it’s a very good dessert. Australian mums and wives cook it at home very often for parties. It is very similar to a dessert that we do in Italy called Meringata.
What is your favourite pasta recipe? Bigoli alle sarde , tipical northen italian dish made with thick hand made spaghetti and sardines.