Food Waste at Home

Have you ever thought about food waste and what you might throw out each week? Well Griffith University are asking us to to do just that with their pilot project Waste Not Want Not.
March 28, 2017/by

Waste not want not – food waste

As a chef, it is part our job to order each week what the kitchen needs, maintain stock levels and make sure that no ingredient goes to waste. As our lives get busier and busier how do we at home make sure that we are not wasting the excess food from the shopping two days ago that wasn't completely used in last night's dinner?
March 23, 2017/by


February 27, 2017/by

“Fill up on life” with Chef Dominique Rizzo at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Launch of their New Menu

  The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre was recently named…
February 22, 2017/by

Swordfish Involtini by Chef Dominique Rizzo on SBS

Chef and author Dominique Rizzo shares her recipe for swordish…
December 21, 2016/by

At home with chef Dominique Rizzo

Excellent planning and the right appliances are key in this Tuscan-inspired…
December 21, 2016/by

Easy Summer Entertaining with Chef Dominique Rizzo

It's summer time and Chef Dominique Rizzo is sharing some of…
December 21, 2016/by

Want to Know More about Chef Dominique Rizzo?

Want to know more about Chef Dominique Rizzo?   This is an…
December 21, 2016/by
How to Bake Christmas Baked Ham - Chef Dominique Rizzo

How to Bake Christmas Glazed Ham with Apricots

How to bake Christmas Glazed Ham with apricots You will need…
December 14, 2016/by
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Dominique Rizzo’s Italian Story

Dominique Rizzo went to Sicilia for the first time…
December 7, 2016/by

Easy Pavlova with Dominique Rizzo

Here is a quick tip to help you create a beautiful Easy Pavlova with a little help from IGA! Filmed by my friends at Wild Bunch media.
November 19, 2016/by

Christmas Turkey Recipe with Dominique Rizzo

This is a delicious Christmas Turkey Recipe I created with my friends at IGA and filmed by Wild Bunch Media!
November 14, 2016/by
How to cook Italian penne with mushrooms and zuicchini - Chef Dominique Rizzo

How to Cook Italian Penne with Zucchini & Mushroom

In this YouTube video I show you how to cook Italian penne with zucchini, mushroom and garlic in ten minutes. This dish is perfect for an easy weekday meal.
September 14, 2016/by

How to cook Chef Dominique Rizzo’s Ekka recipes

No sooner had I packed up my chef's gear at the Food and…
August 22, 2016/by

Take a pumpkin…… how to cook pumpkin

Pumpkins would have to be one of my favourite ingredients: their…
July 11, 2016/by

Buy local this season’s best

Having just got back from overseas and a gluttony of all things food I have come back not only with renewed vigour, ideas and recipes but also an acute consciousness to again get onto the buy local eat seasonal with a focus on healthy winter vegetarian food with flair. 
July 5, 2016/by
CEO CookOff Dominique Rizzo with Brisbane's top chefs

CEO CookOff 2016 w Dominique Rizzo – That was some meal!

At the CEO CookOff, OZHarvest provided the entrée and dessert of mini meringues with whipped cream, while each of the ten chefs designed their own main dish. Middle Eastern was my cuisine, featuring spicy grilled chicken on a homemade flatbread with pumpkin hummus, fresh vegetable slaw drizzled with a yoghurt and herb dressing. It was a hit.
March 14, 2016/by

5 Tips to get you out of a food rut

Here are a few tips and easy ideas to get the gourmet going in your kitchen.
March 11, 2016/by

8 Tips for organising your fridge

To me a healthy, organised and clean fridge means a healthy body and an organised kitchen! These simple tips will have you on the way to cooking with ease, eating a wider variety of healthy foods and give you all the pleasure that you will need from your chilled kitchen companion.
February 26, 2016/by

Get rid of the kitchen clutter! Here are my fantastic tips on how to clean up your kitchen life, save money, save time and breeze into 2016 with a smile and a happy household.

So now what? We have re-worked the leftovers with the handy tips from foodie magazines and chefs alike, put away the decorations and are back to work, back to school and back to life as it was before the holidays. A new year has always been a fresh start for me. I take the whole New Year’s resolution very seriously, although not so much a resolution but some thoughts on what can I do this year to de stress, de-frazzle and delight my life and I think I have found it. Get rid of the kitchen clutter with these seven tips.
February 8, 2016/by

Getting the Know How on Perfect Lettuce Pesto and Broccoli and Cauliflower Fritters

These are a fantastic vegetarian fritter in which you can use just about any vegetable. I have also made these with sautéed chopped mushrooms and they taste delicious. They make a great addition to a light dinner, as a starter to have with drinks and ideal for kids for the school lunches as you can mask the vegetables that they may not like.
January 20, 2016/by

WASTE LESS, SAVE MONEY; 8 Tips for maximising left overs

Here are 8 tips for maximising left overs and reducing food wastage! Left over’s are a wonderful treat not only because for some reason they always seem to taste just that little bit better the next day they can definitely save you dollars in the pocket and time in the kitchen.
January 4, 2016/by


Looking for the perfect cookbook to add to your collection this Christmas? Chef Dominique Rizzo’s ‘My Taste of Sicily’ is now fully stocked and ready for purchase in store or online for $39.95.
November 19, 2015/by

Lavazza Film Festival 2015

The 2015 Lavazza film festival opened with a bang and on opening night we were Food showered with Lavazza gift packs, Bucci pulled porchetta snacks and a delicious cannoli with the engaging theme of “but first coffee” - always such sound advice to live by. Oh and those Lavazza coffee martinis were divine.
October 14, 2015/by

A Fresh Take on Mouthwatering Sausages

Now there is a sausage for just about every cuisine from German bratwurst, Spanish chorizo, French Andoulliette to Sicilian sausages. I love them all, but no surprises that I think Sicilian sausages are the best and that’s a good reason to lift the lid and let you see what I’m cooking.
September 30, 2015/by

Dominique’s Top Recipes – Ekka 2015

There have been so many requests for my recipes this year. Everyone seems to be inspired by what was on show the food stage so here are my 2015 EKKA recipes for you to get in and cook yourselves.
September 2, 2015/by

Hot List of Food Specialities of Cairns

With the stunning background of the Daintree Forest, on the chefs’ tour we visit Daintree Vanilla and Spice – home of the vanilla bean, Rainforest Bounty at Platypus Eco Bend with luxuriant native fruit orchards, Tarzali Lakes Smokehouse Café specializing in house smoked sausages, then tasty cheeses at Gallo Dairyland And the bespoke spirits at the Mt Uncle Distillery set on a avocado and macadamia plantation.
August 31, 2015/by

Best Ways for Children to Play with Their Food and Eat It Too

Chef Dominique Rizzo gets creative in workshops for pre-school aged children aged from 3 to 5 years. “6 Best ways to Play with your food and eat it too” is gluten free and sugar free. It’s a great way to re-ignite children’s interest in eating vegetables and fruit for those who usually leave it untouched.
August 26, 2015/by

Grain Power

Quinoa is a rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavour when cooked. For a lovely toasted flavour to the grain, rinse it and then toast it.
August 11, 2015/by

Nourishing Millet Recipes

Millet is an ancient wholesome grain from the grass family growing on long soft textured stems. Different countries around the world are using millet in such interesting ways – as puffed millet snack slices in Japan, as sweetened porridge in Russian and as roti in India or simply added to winter soups and stews. It is also used in fermented drinks and foods and over the past few years the popularity of the grain has been growing, especially in gluten-free diets.
August 5, 2015/by

Redefining Eggs

Eating eggs 2-3 times a week is a great way to enjoy lean healthy protein. Use fresh or dry herbs – fresh is better for flavouring eggs. The best fresh herbs to use are chives, parsley, basil, dill, coriander. Shallots, although not so much a herb, go great with eggs.
July 29, 2015/by

Bread plus …… for Breakfast

Bread is a great source of carbohydrate giving you energy and it is best eaten for breakfast and lunch.
July 27, 2015/by

8 Winter Breakfast Ideas

Our steamy summer nights are definitely behind us as the sun starts to set a little earlier and the mornings turn up the chill. Transitioning your weekday menu into the warmer months may leave some a little lost for thought.
July 6, 2015/by

Dessert to start the day

It seems that the food fashion is heading towards starting the day with what is usually the end of the night’s rewards and restaurants alike are serving up guilt laden delights for all occasions even breakfast.
June 29, 2015/by
Mothers Day Putia

Mothers Day Putia Style: 7 ways to thank your Mum

For more than 100 years we have been celebrating Mums on Mother’s Day. Mums need to be pampered, spoilt and to take it easy on Sunday 10th May 2015. Celebrate Mothers Day Putia-style. Here are 7 ways to thank your Mum.
April 24, 2015/by
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Tips to make comfort food – Healthy Snacks

Snacking in winter or for comfort is easy and often we don’t even know we are doing it. These tips are a sure way to keep the winter blues away with some great comfort snacks, while still feeling like you are staying true to your healthy self.
April 17, 2015/by

Tips to make comfort food – Healthy Dinners

Lasagnes or pastas are easy winter and comfort food but can be full of high fats and heavy if you are not careful in the preparation. This post gives you some great pointers on how to prepare this time honoured favourite healthily, as well as delicious stews and other winter favourites.
April 14, 2015/by

Tips to make comfort food – Healthy Lunches

Lunches can be a little tricky in the cooler days and cold salads and sandwiches sometimes just don’t do the trick. I love vegetable and hearty soups, they are such a great way to incorporate all the vegetables you need and are easy to make, store, freeze and reheat. These comfort food lunch tips are a sure fire way to keep the winter blues away, while still feeling like you are staying true to your healthy self.
April 7, 2015/by

Tips to make comfort food – Healthy Breakfasts

Comfort food is all about meals and ingredients that keep us feeling nurtured, warm and wholesome during those cold days and chilly nights. Breakfasts are always an important start to the day and sometimes it's quicker to grab a coffee and run out the door. With these quick breakfast tips, your days will start with an energy boost and keep the hunger pangs at bay.
April 2, 2015/by
poached cod and noodle salad

Cool as a Cucumber

For hotter days, Vietnamese cooking or shall I say non-cooking is as refreshing as it gets,. Think luscious salads, splashes of lime, bites of chilli and loads of crispy fresh vegetables. Here is my summer buster salad that fits for lunch or dinner with full crunch.
March 31, 2015/by
hot cross bun and cranberry pudding

Hot cross breakfast

I always relish the days after feasting. There always seems to be leftovers that are lovingly re-enjoyed. Here is a delicious breakfast recipe for those hot cross buns that always seem to reappear even after you thought that the last one had been toasted, generously loaded with butter and devoured.
March 27, 2015/by

Feast at Work and Celebrate

I have a saying: "Through the sharing of food we share life and one is never lonely or hungry.“ For the past couple of years I among many other food identities and Australian chefs have been an ambassador to “A taste of Harmony.” This weeklong event , funded by the Scanlan Foundation gives workplaces an opportunity to celebrate and create an awareness around cultural diversity through sharing of food in the work place.
March 24, 2015/by

Our fridge is the sanctuary of our kitchen

To me a healthy, organised and clean fridge means a healthy body and an organised kitchen! These simple tips will have you on the way to cooking with ease, eating a wider variety of healthy foods and give you all the pleasure that you will need from your chilled kitchen companion.
February 26, 2015/by

10 great tips for thinking outside the lunchbox

With school back in full swing and mothers, fathers and carers working back into a routine the weekly lunch menus are now up for debate. So while the clock ticks and amongst the morning hustle and bustle in getting out the door here are a few lunch ideas for the whole family to enjoy.
February 24, 2015/by

Quick simple meals for fussy or allergy eaters

Getting back into daily routine after the crazy Christmas and New Year season need not send you into a panicked frenzy. Easy main meals for fussy or allergy eaters.
February 6, 2015/by

Five Healthy Travelling Tips

This season - it doesn’t matter if you are going abroad or just cruising around our beautiful country, there is no excuse to let your health slide. Here are some useful travelling tips to stay in top condition and return home feeling revived and full of vitality.
December 17, 2014/by

Ten reasons to hail the legume

There is wide speculation at the moment about the legume and its health benefits in some of the food diets and food trends. I am here to say that the legume is one of the most important aspects in our whole food diet and I’m giving you 10 tips as to why your diet and pantry should include these humble ancient beans.
September 26, 2014/by
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