Karen Martini is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter. Her food message is drawn from her professional cooking career and she credits her mother and grandmother for inspiring her to follow a career in cooking. “Mum prided herself on making everything from scratch while my grandmother introduced me to spices and exotic ingredients that allowed me to experiment new ideas.”
Her kitchen career has been balanced by media commitments, cookbooks, charity dinners and much-loved recipe columns. She is a presenter on Channel Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens and a judge on the network’s top rating competition program, My Kitchen Rules.
Karen was the founding chef at the critically acclaimed Melbourne Wine Room and Sydney’s Icebergs Dining Room and Bar. As executive chef of both restaurants, she held two chef’s hats in Sydney and Melbourne, and won, with Icebergs, the 2004 Best New Restaurant Award from The Sydney Morning Herald. After 15 years at The Melbourne Wine Room, Karen and her partner Michael Sapountsis sold in 2011 to pursue new projects. Karen and Michael still own and run St Kilda’s much-loved pizzeria mr. wolf, which they launched in 2004.
Karen was the food editor for The Age’s Sunday Life Magazine for six years, and the food editor for The Age’s Epicure/Good Living lift-out for five years. She has contributed several articles to The Australian, and is the author of the cookbooks, Salads & Vegetables, New Kitchen, Home, Everyday, The Karen Martini Collection, Feasting, Cooking at Home and Where the Heart Is.
We are delighted to have Karen as our December keynote speaker in an intimate Q&A style setting as she shares her story.
Ticket Pricing:- BBN Members – $30, BBN Members Guests – $45, Non Members – $75
(includes two course meal, drink on arrival, speaker presentation, prize draws)