Presenter & Chef

Karen Martini is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter. Her food message is drawn from her professional cooking career, her 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 15 years at The Melbourne Wine Room, Karen and her partner Michael still opened St Kilda’s much-loved pizzeria mr. wolf .

Karen’s contribution to print media has included roles as food editor for Fairfax’s Sunday Life Magazine  and  Epicure/Good Living lift-out for several years. In 2019 she returned to the paper as a food Columnist for the Good Weekend magazine supplement.

Karen is the author of the cookbooks, Salads & VegetablesNew KitchenHomeEverydayThe Karen Martini CollectionFeastingCooking at Home and Where the Heart Is. She is currently working on a major book project with Hardie Grant, which is due for release in 2020.

For over a decade, 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. Karen also appeared as a judge on Seven’s reality cooking program, My Kitchen Rules and co-hosted three series of The Intolerant Cooks. Other television credits include Karen chef on Lifestyle Café for The Lifestyle Channel and Guide to a Classic Christmas, alongside Curtis Stone on Seven, which was shot in her home with the pair sharing recipes for their modern take on Christmas traditions.

Over the years, Karen has cooked for many charity functions, as well as demonstrating and presenting at events and festivals.  She has been a key presenter at The Melbourne Food & Wine Festivasl  and Sydney International Food Festivals,  and live shows around TV formats My Kitchen Rules and Better Homes and Gardens, taking the audience through her popular television recipes in real time.  Also on stage, Karen turned interviewer and conducted an intimate conversation with Yotam Ottolenghi live on stage at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre.

In 2018, Karen was appointed as Chef Ambassador for the house venues at the Sydney.

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