Dark Mofo
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Guest chefs, Giovanni Pilu and Jo Barret
Guest chefs, Giovanni Pilu and Jo Barret
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Guest Chefs


GiovanniPilu(ITA),JoBarrett(AUS)


Our two guest chefs share in the ritual of tradition, creating dishes that unite heritage and home. Giovani Pilu traces his homeland with authentic pig paninis, while Jo Barrett brings people together in a celebration of palawa culture with grilled yula (mutton bird).

Giovanni will bring his passion and authenticity for hometown Italian cooking to Hobart for five nights only. Using fresh local produce, Pilu will create the main dish in this year’s feasting ritual. This classic dish is an expression of flavour and heritage from Giovanni's homeland.

Jo Barrett’s connection to places where food is grown and harvested is innate to her identity as a chef. Her ambitions are strengthened by a passion for outdoor activities and the drive for sustainability in the culinary world.

Giovanni Pilu

Born in Sardinia, Giovanni Pilu’s culinary career traces the distinct traditions of his homeland, while embodying his passion and enthusiasm for innovation.

Showcasing Sardinian dishes reinterpreted with modern technique, Pilu’s first restaurant ‘Pilu at Freshwater’ has maintained a two chef hat rating since it opened in 2004. He has since opened ‘Pilu Baretto’, a seaside café by day and wine bar by night, and ‘Acquafresca by Pilu’, a casual Italian trattoria offering simple, seasonal dishes designed to share.

Pilu will be stepping into our roaming feast to create suckling pig paninis, inspired by the traditional street dish found in the crowded nooks of Italian piazzas.

Jo Barrett

Jo Barrett's passion for the environment and local food systems, paired with an innovative mindset has earned her international recognition in the World's 50 Next along with numerous accolades. Jo was an integral part of the ecosystem at Joost Bakker's futurefoodsystem—a self-sustaining house located in Federation Square in Melbourne. She is currently splitting her time between Flinders Island and the mainland working on a variety of innovative and exciting culinary projects.

For our Feasting ritual, Jo will collaborate with palawa kipli project manager and proud palawa woman Kitana Mansell to serve yula (mutton bird) grilled over fire, with accompaniments that showcase native Tasmanian ingredients. Members of the palawa kipli community will share their stories of the mutton birding tradition and its significance in lutruwita aboriginal culture.

Giovanni Pilu

Born in Sardinia, Giovanni Pilu’s culinary career traces the distinct traditions of his homeland, while embodying his passion and enthusiasm for innovation.

Showcasing Sardinian dishes reinterpreted with modern technique, Pilu’s first restaurant ‘Pilu at Freshwater’ has maintained a two chef hat rating since it opened in 2004. He has since opened ‘Pilu Baretto’, a seaside café by day and wine bar by night, and ‘Acquafresca by Pilu’, a casual Italian trattoria offering simple, seasonal dishes designed to share.

Pilu will be stepping into our roaming feast to create suckling pig paninis, inspired by the traditional street dish found in the crowded nooks of Italian piazzas.

Jo Barrett

Jo Barrett's passion for the environment and local food systems, paired with an innovative mindset has earned her international recognition in the World's 50 Next along with numerous accolades. Jo was an integral part of the ecosystem at Joost Bakker's futurefoodsystem—a self-sustaining house located in Federation Square in Melbourne. She is currently splitting her time between Flinders Island and the mainland working on a variety of innovative and exciting culinary projects.

For our Feasting ritual, Jo will collaborate with palawa kipli project manager and proud palawa woman Kitana Mansell to serve yula (mutton bird) grilled over fire, with accompaniments that showcase native Tasmanian ingredients. Members of the palawa kipli community will share their stories of the mutton birding tradition and its significance in lutruwita aboriginal culture.

Venue accessibility

All areas of this venue are accessible, with the exception of a small section of the Salamanca Lawns. Accessible parking is available nearby in the Abel Tasman Car Park off Salamanca Place during event hours. For more information, contact Bookings & Enquiries on tickets@mona.net.au or +61 (3) 6277 9978.

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