Joseph Vargetto, is a leading Victorian chef and owner of Mister Bianco in the leafy eastern suburb of Kew.
Joseph has been awarded and regularly recognised by the Age Good Food Guide and he represented Australia in France at the prestigious Bocuse D’Or. He often travels overseas presenting his beautiful food and menus, at events such as the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore, as part of the Sheraton Hotel’s ‘Tower Opening’ celebrations in Saigon, at the ‘World Food’ promotion at Walt Disney World in Florida and as the featured chef at China World Hotel -Beijing, hosting the prestigious ‘Australian Food & Wine Experience’. He has just returned from a month in Sicily, exploring food and wine regions and updating his repertoire.
Joseph was trained in part by the ‘3 Michelin star’ Italian chef Gaultiero Marchesi, in Melbourne under the equally exalted Philippe Mouchel of Paul Bocuse Restaurant fame and also by the award winning restaurateur Jeremy Strode.
While he headed up the kitchens of some of Melbourne’s better know dining rooms, Joseph was named by Antonio Carluccio as Australia’s leading risotto chef. He then went on to create his own Brasserie and Bar – Oyster Little Bourke and the Sicilian style Mezzo Bar & Grill. In 2011 he opened the award winning Mister Bianco in Kew.
Mister Bianco is a stylishly informal restaurant where locals are the norm and typically Italian hospitality is to the fore. Joseph has been described as ‘…walking the line between urban Melbourne chic and Italian oomph with ease’.
Nerida sat down for a chat with Joe.