As Head Chef and co-owner of East Fremantle’s Young George, Melissa continues to garner plenty of praise for her inventive and flavoursome food as she fosters a growing army of satisfied customers.
And with good reason: her focus on sustainability and her nose-to-tail, root-to-shoot philosophy means every part of her ingredients is utilised to amplify flavour and invent deliciously quirky additions to the ever-changing restaurant menu.
We’re talking leaves used as a tasty edible garnish, dried peelings morphed into seasonings, and fermented stalks as the perfect condiment.
Melissa’s ‘zero waste’ food philosophy is heavily influenced by her mother’s rustic, homestyle cooking – which always made best use of secondary cuts and offal to minimise waste – which fostered in her a keen understanding and appreciation of quality local produce.
Today, every ingredient that finds its way into the Young George kitchen has been sourced locally in WA – with Melissa continuing to build strong relationships with local farmers and suppliers who offer unique, top quality produce that’s close to home.
Additionally, Melissa’s sustainability-focus led recent efforts to lighten Young George’s environmental footprint, with the kitchen moving away from single-use plastic containers in favour of hardy polycarbonate containers to help reduce waste. Kudos!
See Melissa Palinkas live in the Kleenheat Kitchen
You can learn more about Melissa’s food philosophy and see her prepare good food the WA way in the Kleenheat Kitchen at this year’s Good Food & Wine Show.