Chef Victor's passion for tasty food developed at a young age, when he grew up in an Italian home where the family gathered around the kitchen table celebrating family and sharing countless dishes prepared by the many visiting friends and relatives. From age eight, Vic knew he wanted to prepare food for a living and recreate and master the flavoursome dishes he grew up with. He devoted his passion to Italian and Mediterranean cooking, blending together a history of passion and flavours. Vic's chef training begun at NMIT in Northcote where he graduated in 2004 and his keenness saw him to complete a butchery course on the side and now he makes his own sausages and salami's. Today Vic admits he hones his culinary skills and continues to gather inspiration from his family and previous employment, Goonawarra Winery, Sam's Cafe, Mystic and Vic's Cucina and Bar (current employment). Vic is also inspired by the style and creativity of Gordon Ramsey's cooking. Apart from cooking and dining out, Vic enjoys motorbike riding and visiting local farms and wineries, selecting only the freshest produce for his meals and kitchen.