Things are getting Nasti in the woodfired bread section at Pasadena.
Chef Giuseppe Nasti is bringing his baking magic to Pasadena three days a week (on alternate days to sourdough legend Mark Archer).
“I make focaccia loaves and every day I do a different sourdough in the afternoon from olive and onion to pumpkin and garlic or another one with dates and pecorino,” he says.
Giuseppe, 32, came to Australia from Trieste, Italy, six years ago with his wife and their three kids now aged 10, 9 and 4. He’s been cooking for 18 years.
“We came to Australia because we wanted to improve our quality of life, not that we had a bad life before, but I love it here and I feel I was meant to come here,” he says.
“I have been working as a sous chef at Mitolo Wines restaurant (McLaren Vale) but I decided I had to cut back my hours so there will be more time for my family.
“I was looking for casual work and Camillo (Crugnale, chef at Mr Nick’s Pasadena) knew my passion was baking bread so offered me a position and it is working so well.”
Giuseppe, a health-conscious chef, also writes a blog called Healthy Nasti Kitchen which is about vegan and vegetarian food, baking and philosophy.