Joseph VargettoMelbourne, Australia
Melbourne chef, Joseph Vargetto, is the head chef and owner of Mister Bianco, Massi and the anticipated Fondata 1872.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Joseph Vargetto was inspired from an early age by his mother’s Italian home cooking. After completing a degree in Commerce at university, he decided to follow his dream of becoming a chef with his heart still in the family kitchen. After undertaking his apprenticeship at iconic Melbourne restaurant, Grossi Florentino, Joseph left for Italy to work in the country’s only three Michelin Star restaurant at the time, L’Albereta Resort.
Joseph trained in part by three Michelin Star chef, Gaultiero Marchesi at L’Albereta Resort in Erbusco and also in Melbourne at Langton’s, under esteemed chef Philippe Mouchel of Paul Bocuse restaurant fame. His position at Number 8 at Crown earned the restaurant One Hat in The Age Good Food Guide, and himself a promotion to Executive Sous Chef, leaving him responsible for looking after more than two hundred and fifty chefs.
Joseph was successful in winning the Great Risotto Competition in 1999, being given the title of Australia’s leading risotto chef by much respected Italian cookery author, Antonio Carluccio. In 2001, Joseph represented Australia in the Bocuse D’or.
It was in 2006 when Joseph opened his first restaurant, Oyster Little Bourke followed by Sicilian style, Mezzo Bar & Grill in 2009.
In 2011, Joseph opened Sicilian inspired eatery and Kew establishment, Mister Bianco; a home away from home for locals. In 2016, Massi opened in Melbourne’s Little Collins Street; a refined addition to the family.
Joseph aims to bring happiness through his authentic Italian cooking and in everything that he does.