Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s Executive Chef Tony Panetta joined the southern hemisphere’s largest kitchen as Sous Chef in October 2010, following 10 years at regional conference and events venue, Aitken Hill.
Growing up in Heathcote, Tony was eight-years-old when he started helping out in his parent’s Italian café, where alongside his mum they cooked dishes inspired by their Calabrese heritage. At 16 he started an apprenticeship at a small Italian restaurant in Bendigo, moving to Melbourne to complete his qualification. Tony worked in many well-known Melbourne institutions in Carlton, Collingwood and Southbank, before becoming part owner and Head Chef at Williamstown Yacht Club.
Tony is committed to supporting Victorian producers and it is a passion he shares with the MCEC kitchen team, heading up 15 chefs and more than 70 kitchen assistants, to create the venue’s dishes in-house using the best seasonal and local ingredients.