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Dominique Rizzo—a chef with soul

Australian Born | Speaks Italian

Dominique Rizzo is one of Queensland’s leading female chefs who creates purely delicious, healthy and real food recipes that inspire people to make a change for the better while still loving their food. “I love the essence of clean, simple whole food cooking. It is so wonderful to be a chef and to have available at my fingertips an amazing palette of different flavours and textures to create what I like to call little mouthfuls of flavour explosions”
As a Chef, Author and Presenter Dominique’s aim is to inspire people to cook with fresh, seasonal and local produce. Through her innovative recipes and a healthy attitude her mission is to improve general wellbeing, build confidence in the kitchen, inspire creative cooking and bring vitality onto peoples plates. “I am deeply passionate about creating innovative food using quality safe and clean fresh produce. My heart lies naturally within the pages of Italian cuisine, while my inspiration takes you on a culinary journey of world food flavours.”

Dominique’s life and work centres around her philosophy;
“Through the sharing of food we share life and one is never lonely or hungry.”

Embracing 20 years’ experience as a chef, with her business “Pure Food Cooking” Dominique is able to share her abundant knowledge around Australia. Through her public speaking, cooking classes, cooking presentations and demonstrations, recipe writing, food styling, radio and Television work Dominique focuses not only on her true passion for Italian and Sicilian food culture but she also incorporates an emphasis on all cuisines celebrating Australia’s amazing melting pot of a multicultural kitchen.

Dominique has 12 years’ experience working in Australian television, radio and media starting on “Food Lover’s Guide to Australia” SBS, 4BH and 612 ABC radio, and including past guest spots on “The Great South East”, “The Circle”, and a long-standing role on Channel 10’s Ready, Steady, Cook. More recently Dominique has hosted and cooked on Channel 10 with ‘Yes Chef’ and “It’s a Lifestyle TV” and has the presenter role for “Fresh on Sundays” a 2 hour food show on Brisbane’s popular 4BC radio.

Dominique’s cook book “My Taste of Sicily” showcases a beautiful collection of delicious family friendly recipes highlighting her passion for fresh healthy cooking and her Sicilian heritage. She is currently working on a series of “Pure Food Cooking” books aimed for the regular household cook and featuring simple, healthy recipes and foods for the whole family. Her “Pure Food, Wine and Cooking Tours” were launched in 2012, taking small groups of 14-16 people on an amazing cooking, eating and cultural experience through Southern Italy, Sicily and surrounding Islands. With continuing tours in 2014/16 Dominique passion for travel takes her to Puglia, Spain, Sicily, Greece and more locally Norfolk Island.

With continuing involvement in charity and community work teaching healthy sustainable cooking and lifestyle changes, Dominique’s latest venture is a unique concept incorporating her passion for healthy food with a cooking school, open kitchen and local product stocked pantry. This is due to open in September 2014. This will be an innovative space for lifestyle workshops, education, events, dining and a fantastic community hub showcasing local Queensland products and a selection of her own brand “Pure Food Kitchen”.


For further information on any of her services or to contact Dominique personally email or check out her website at,


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