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Hi there, my name is Elia and I am from Italy.
My passion, curiosity and interest in cooking goes all the way back to my childhood when even as a 5-year-old with my Nonna and Mamma, I was curious to see what was happening and how, in the kitchen. Cooking has always been at the centre of my attention, there is something about it that I love and I guess it is also that food is a way to show your love to other people.
As a 22-year-old, in 2013 I moved to Melbourne to extend my culinary experience over the ocean and by doing so, I also learnt English. In the past few years I have worked/studied as a Chef in Melbourne, successfully obtaining a Diploma in Hospitality Management and experiencing and working in different kitchens from all cultural backgrounds, from Asian to Italian, Spanish to Australian and Latin American. Last but not least, I dedicated half a year as a butcher learning all the cuts and barbecue techniques, also seeing them in action by taking part in some of the main BBQ competitions in Melbourne.
For me, cooking is...
A way to show love to other people. I love food because it brings people together, stimulates your senses and promotes bonding time.
I learned to cook at...
Home is where it all began, my curiosity, my love for food and cooking. Then as mentioned in my bio, I travelled & expanded my experience overseas.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Love Gordon Ramsay's work, simply amazing, flavourful food, rustic way to present food that makes you want it.
A cooking secret...
The passion within the total experience.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Melbourne.
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Melbourne.
Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services all around Melbourne.
If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in Melbourne, count me in.
Elia's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef Elia's reviews
Elia Donati cooked a 4 course Japanese meal for my family in our home, and it could not have been a more special experience. Elia was very professional and friendly, and told us in detail about each of the dishes he served. The food itself was presented beautifully and tasted incredible. Thank you!
Emma Thornton - Jun 13 2020
We received a gift card for "Take a Chef" from our parents to celebrate our anniversary in the middle of COVID-19. Since all the restaurants were closed it was the perfect solution to truly celebrate in a special way, especially for food lovers like us, We were slightly worried since the kitchen is small and our apartment is small either, so it could have easily turned into an awkward evening. We were so happy that we got Elia as the experience was absolutely amazing! food has been delicious and Elia was super friendly and fun, he knew when to chat and when to give us space and navigated our tiny kitchen perfectly. In the end, he left the kitchen sparkling clean! we had an amazing experience and would highly recommend Elia and Take a Chef!
Danielle Peleg - Jun 05 2020
I found take-a-chef because my plans changed suddenly, I wanted to give my husband a wonderful celebration for his milestone birthday, which fell on Valentine’s Day, and I couldn’t get a booking at a nice resturant, because it’s one of the busiest nights of the dinning calander!
Take-a-chef stepped into the breach, within a couple of hours I had a well thought through menu proposal which sounded delicious! I confirmed the booking and hoped for the best.
The evening turned out to be one of the best dining experiences I’ve had! Chef Elia was professional. Courteous, caring, hard working, discrete and proficient! He was a joy to have in our home. He prepared the most beautiful meal for us, complete with matching wine selection. We were absolutely blown away!
This experience was amazing because the food connected us in a unique shared event.. To have your personal chef in your kitchen, to see the beautifully healthy ingredients prepared with skill and care, to be pampered with wholesome hearty food, made us feel so special. We didn’t have to drive to a noisy resturant, we could enjoy the lovely wines without worrying about driving home. There were no walls between us and the secret goings on in the back of the resturant. No waiting staff to transact with, And our kitchen was left absolutely sparkling clean!
This is a must have experience - we’ll be doing it again!
Joanne Angus - Feb 16 2020
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