Karen Martini is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter. Her food message is drawn from her professional cooking career, her French Tunisian-Italian heritage, and from the challenges of feeding nutritious and stimulating food to her young family.
Karen was the founding chef at the critically acclaimed Melbourne Wine Room and Sydney’s Icebergs Dining Room and Bar. As executive chef of both restaurants she held two chef’s hats in Sydney and Melbourne, and won, with Icebergs, the 2004 Best New Restaurant Award from the Sydney Morning Herald. After fifteen years at The Melbourne Wine Room, Karen and her partner, Michael Sapountsis sold in 2011 to pursue new projects. Karen and Michael still own and run St Kilda’s much-loved pizzeria, mr. wolf, which they launched in 2004.
Karen was the food editor for The Age’s Sunday Life Magazine for six years and she has contributed several articles to The Australian, and acted as food editor for The Age’s Epicure/Good Living lift out.
Karen is the author of the cookbooks, Salads and Vegetables, New Kitchen, Home, Everyday, The Karen Martini Collection,Feasting,Cooking at Home,and Where the Heart Is as well as regularly publishing recipes, opinions, videos and news at www.karenmartini.com.
For the last eight years, Karen has been the resident chef on Australia’s longest running lifestyle television series, Better Homes and Gardens, along the way sharing in seven consecutive Logie Awards, and appears as a regular judge on Seven’s hit reality cooking program, My Kitchen Rules. Karen currently also hosts an out-and-about cooking program Intolerant Cooks for Seven digital broadcast showcasing great food options around food intolerances.