About Event

About Event

How It Started ?

Inspired by Jon Faine’s ‘call to cook’, Multicultural Museums Cook Off was conceived to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of Melbourne through a unique and exciting cooking extravaganza.
The 2015 event had special host Jon Faine, Mornings presenter, 774 Melbourne and our chefs battling it out in front of a live audience. The program saw a day of food, faith and fun by the Merri Creek at the newly established Islamic Museum of Australia in Thornbury.

This Year

Second annual Multicultural Museums Cook Off set to sizzle at the Carlton Italian Festa
Sunday 23rd October, 9.45am – 12pm. Argyle Square Carlton
Free event, no need to book.

Melbourne’s Multicultural Museums; the Hellenic Museum, Islamic Museum of Australia, Jewish Museum of Australia and Museo Italiano (Co.As.It.), together with 774 ABC Melbourne will come together again for the 2016 Multicultural Museums Cook Off on Sunday 23rd October.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Carlton Italian Festa will play host to this year’s Cook Off, which will be broadcast live on 774 ABC Melbourne and across ABC Victoria.

Sunday mornings presenter, Libbi Gorr will once again host the broadcast and will be joined by special guest and fellow 774 presenter, Brian Nankervis from The Friday Revue.

The event celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of Melbourne through an entertaining cooking extravaganza. The Cook Off challenges four contemporary chefs to show off their culinary skills by cooking a meal inspired by their cultural backgrounds.

Phil Vakos, who shot to fame a few years ago through his time on MasterChef Australia, is back to defend his title as the Multicultural Cook Off’s 2015 winner for the Hellenic Museum. Samira El Khafir, author of Eat with Love and a 2013 finalist of MasterChef Australia, is also back in 2016 to represent the Islamic Museum.

New to the 2016 Cook Off are Guy Hamawi; for the Jewish Museum, an expert in Jewish Sephardi Mediterranean cuisine and Giulia Biviano; representing the Museo Italiano, author of the cookbook Dolci di Casa Nostra.

Winner of the Multicultural Cook Off in 2015, Phil Vakos, from Bahari and The Hellenic Palate, said he is excited to be celebrating the Cook Off again in 2016.

“Melbourne’s food scene is a melting pot of different cultures and that’s why it’s so unique! I’m looking forward once again to being part of the Museums Cook Off and celebrating this Multicultural Community we live in,”Phil Vakos said.

“I’ll proudly defend my title and represent the Hellenic Museum, and can’t wait to see what diverse creations will be showcased on the day,” he said.

Each dish will be put to the test by four judges also representing each museum; respected TV journalist George Donikian (Hellenic Museum); Executive Producer SBS Radio Italian Program, Magica Fossati (Museo Italiano); comedian and Creative Director of Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival, Justine Sless (Jewish Museum); and Australian Rules Footballer for the Gold Coast Suns, Adam Saad (Islamic Museum).

Participating chefs will have just over an hour to prepare from scratch a main dish from their culture, which must be vegetarian and contain no alcohol.

Don’t miss an entertaining morning of food and fun at the 2016 Multicultural Cook Off, and stick around to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some Italian cuisine at the Italian Festa.

MMV (Multicultural Museums Victoria)

A collective of six museums, representing cultural groups that play a significant role in presenting Victoria’s multicultural heritage.
Together these museums are known as MMV / Multicultural Museums Victoria. A recognised network to optimise and amplify the value of these museums to bring major social and economic benefits to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and beyond.