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Guy Grossi

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Guy Grossi
Born (1965-05-13) 13 May 1965 (age 59)
Years active1996–present

Guy Grossi (born 13 May 1965) is an Italian-Australian chef and media personality.[1] He owns several restaurants in Melbourne.

In 1996, Grossi was awarded the L'insegna Del Ristorante Italiano by the president of Italy, for his dedication to presenting and promoting "La Cucina Italiana" and lifestyle.[2] He has published four cookbooks: Grossi Florentino – Secrets and Recipes, My Italian Heart,[3] Recipes From My Mother's Kitchen[4] and most recently, Love Italy.[5]

Early life[edit]

Grossi was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Italian parents. His father came to Australia from Milan in 1960 to work as a chef at Mario's in Exhibition Street, Melbourne.[6][7][8]

Grossi attended Dallas North Primary School before moving to Glenhuntly Primary, then Caulfield Technical School where he completed up to year 10.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

In 1980, Grossi completed an apprenticeship in commercial cookery at the Box Hill Institute.[9] At age fifteen, he began working in a Malvern seafood restaurant before progressing to Tolarno's, where his father led the kitchen.[10] Later, he moved to Massoni's in Fitzroy Street, owned by his father, Leon Massoni, and David Gibson.[11] Following a stint at Two Faces, he and his wife, Melissa, opened Quadri, a restaurant of their own in Armadale. Grossi's father Pietro joined them to open Caffé Grossi in 1988.

In 1999, Grossi purchased an Italian restaurant in Melbourne, known as The Florentino.[12] Later, he purchased the Mirka Continental Bistro in St Kilda, Victoria, and had the building's murals restored by the original artist, Mirka Mora.[13][14] The murals were first painted in the 1960s, when Mora and her husband Georges owned the Tolarno Hotel.

In 2009, Grossi opened the Grossi Trattoria and Wine Bar at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.[15][16][17] In 2010, he opened The Merchant in the Rialto Towers as a joint venture with Lorenz Grollo.[18][19] In 2012, Grossi opened the Ombra Salumi Bar next to Grossi Florentino in central Melbourne.[20]


Grossi has appeared on various Australian television programs including Industry Leaders,[21] Food Safari,[22] Iron Chef Australia,[23] 9am with David and Kim, Fresh, Postcards, Getaway, Neighbours, My Kitchen Rules, A Current Affair, and Sunrise. He has also appeared on various American shows such as Good Day Philadelphia.[24][25]



  • Grossi Florentino, Melbourne[9]
  • Ombra Salumi Bar, Melbourne[20]
  • Merchant Osteria Veneta, Melbourne[19]
  • Garum, Perth
  • Settimo, Brisbane



Grossi has written four books:

  • Grossi, Guy (2007). Grossi Florentino – Secrets and Recipes. Australia: Penguin Random House. ISBN 9781920989712.
  • Grossi, Guy (2011). My Italian Heart: Recipes from an Italian Kitchen. Australia: Penguin Random House. ISBN 9781921382673.
  • Grossi, Guy (2012). Recipes from My Mother's Kitchen. Australia: Penguin Random House. ISBN 9781921382529.
  • Grossi, Guy (2013). Love Italy. Australia: Penguin Random House. ISBN 9781921382420.


  1. ^ "Grossi Restaurants". grossi.com.au.
  2. ^ "Masters of Fare: Chefs, winemakers, providores". National Portrait Gallery exhibition.
  3. ^ http://wwwshop.abc.net.au/browse[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Recipes from My Mother's Kitchen by Guy Grossi".
  5. ^ "Eat the World".
  6. ^ Rosemary Ryan (5 December 2005). "The pure Grossi way". Hospitality Magazine. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Guy Grossi Chef Profile, Grossi Florentino Restaurant, Grill & Cellar Bar – Good Food Guide". agfg.com.au.
  8. ^ http://gourmettraveller.com.au/mirka[permanent dead link] melbourne restaurant review.htm
  9. ^ a b c d Kate Prestt (21 August 2010). "Work with Passion" (PDF). NT News. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Tolarno finds a new Guy – Carbone & Money – Opinion – theage.com.au". The Age.
  11. ^ http://www.skhs.au/~SKHSbuildings.PDF/17.pdf[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Guy Grossi: Celebrity Chef – Lifestyle FOOD".
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ http://www.vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au/places/heritage/14435[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ http://wwwtravelforum.org/thailand[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Guy Grossi opens restaurant in Bangkok - Profile Talent Management". Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  17. ^ "The insider's guide to Bangkok – BK Magazine Online". BK Magazine Online.
  18. ^ Dobbin, Marika (7 October 2009). "Top chefs get high-rise Vue" – via The Age.
  19. ^ a b Hilary McNevin (8 December 2010). "Guy Grossi's Merchant". Broadsheet. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  20. ^ a b Hilary McNevin (10 December 2012). "Ombra Salumi". Broadsheet. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  21. ^ "Industry Leaders, TV Show by Annex Media".
  22. ^ "Food Safari – Food Safari Earth – Recipes – TV – SBS Food".
  23. ^ Rimrod, Fran (10 November 2010). "Perth boarding school chef whips Iron Chef" – via The Age.
  24. ^ Ten, Network. "MasterChef Australia". TenPlay – MasterChef Australia.
  25. ^ "Home". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2010.

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