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Massimo brings the restaurant experience to you...shared feasts, food stations or something completely different.

Catering by Massimo

What’s my food philosophy?

Keep it fresh, use the best ingredients and let the produce be the hero. It sounds simple & it is. The real buzz is creating beautiful experiences for you through food.

Who have I cooked for?

Elton John, Hugh Jackman, Beyoncé and Jay Z as well as Trinity Point Property Group, Azb Creative, M & C Saatchi, Rush Magazine, Wild Oats & Hamilton Island, Appliances Online, Audi Centre Hobart, Sydney Fish Markets, Barazza, Candid Projects, Hatch Events, Salt Meats Cheese, just to name a few.

Where have I been?

I’ve worked in some of Australia’s finest restaurants & overseas – New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, London, & of course Italy.

Can we collaborate?

Absolutely, that’s the best bit. Our menus are only a suggestion & the end product has to suit you. I’m happy to sit down with you & tailor a menu to make your event unforgettable.

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“Massimo has catered a few of our major events including Winning Appliances’ Sydney Indesign Cocktail Party, as well as the launch and cook-off finale of our online food community Best Home Chef. On all of these occasions we have received feedback after the event, about how amazing the catering was. Massimo’s food is delicious, fresh and memorable. He is innovative and is happy to accommodate to any catering request. We would highly recommend Massimo’s catering and his professional team. Massimo is always our chef or caterer of choice.”
“AZBcreative has worked with Massimo Mele on many events for our discerning and premium clients. Whether it's a small lunch for 20 or an event for hundreds, each event is handled with the same attention to detail and “can do” attitude. A generous and talented Chef, my team and I love working with Massimo, who shares our ethics and professionalism and love of creativity with food.” Alex Zabotto-Bentley - Director AZBcreative
“Massimo was kind enough to organise a function for our VIP apartment launch on the northern beaches. Our catering brief was quite specific and his choice of canapés complemented our requirements perfectly. We felt very comfortable with the attention to detail leading up to the event and found Massimo to be very accommodating with our requests, offering suggestions and improvements. Not only did he showcase his beautiful food, but he was also happy to mingle amongst the guests, serving his tasty food to the crowd.  A pleasure to deal with every step of the way, with nothing but positive feedback from our VIPs.”

Catering packages


The catering pack provides samples of Massimo’s menus. These are customisable in collaboration with the chef.


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Cold canapés


Freshly shucked oysters. Natural, shallot dressing or soy, lime & mirin. (gf)

Fresh fig. Wrapped in prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella & basil. (gf)

Gin-cured ocean trout on buckwheat fritters, lemon-scented cream & caviar.

Tuna lollipops. Sesame cured, with wasabi, ponzu & shiso.

Chicken tostadas, creamed corn, spicy chipotle & fetta crumble.

Tart. Slow cooked leek, rosemary & potato with toasted walnuts. (v)

Snapper ceviche with avocado, finger lime & coriander. (gf)

Picked beetroot crostini topped with minted yoghurt. (v)

Poached veal loin with smoked tuna cream, crispy capers & dried olives.

Wagyu beef tataki with crispy garlic and shallots.

Spiced eggplant, mushroom & tofu cabbage rolls with chili jam. (v)

Spring rolls. Fresh king prawn & nuoc cham dipping sauce.

BBQ chicken sandwiches. Celeriac, creamed corn & rocket.


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Hot canapés


Salt & pepper baby octopus with smoked paprika aioli & lemon.

Scallop wrapped in pancetta, skordalia & tomato pomegranate salsa.

Potato croquette with smoked ham and mozzarella.

Spanner crab tortellini, saffron butter sauce, caviar & chives.

Skull island prawn. Japanese style, crumbed, with wasabi & lime aioli.

Arancini. Spicy pumpkin, tomato & taleggio cheese sauce. (v)

Dumpling. Steamed chicken & prawn with ginger, soy & lime. (gf)

Wild mushroom & truffle pie with parmesan cream. (v)

Spiced lamb kofta with coriander & yoghurt dressing. (gf)

Croque monsieur. Ashgrove aged cheddar & serrano ham.

Crispy polenta fritters with gorgonzola cream & confit artichoke. (v)

Sausage rolls. Pork & fennel with spicy tomato relish.


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Substantial canapés

(little entrée)


Mushrooms, spiced eggplant, brown rice, pomegranate & walnut salad. (gf)(v)

Wagyu beef sliders with gem lettuce, smoked tomato & cheddar cheese.

Fish & chips. Tempura battered, tartare sauce, lemon & fries.

Fried crispy chicken with Asian slaw & black vinegar dressing.

Momofuku style pork buns with salted cucumbers and kimchi pickles.

12 hour slow cooked lamb with roasted pumpkin, chickpeas and yoghurt. (gf*)

Steamed barramundi, fragrant curry sauce, carrot sambal & sweet potato. (gf)

Orecchiette pasta with fresh tuna, chili, capers, lemon & rocket. (gf)

Grilled Cowra lamb cutlets with hummus and salsa verde. (gf*)

American-style bbq sauce brisket & ginger glazed carrot, corn tortilla. (gf)

Mamma Maria’s famous meatballs with whipped potato & parmesan.

Hot smoked salmon, dried olives, saffron fennel & almond puree.


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Dessert canapés


Truffles. Dark chocolate. (gf)

Mini tiramisu with coffee mousse & mascarpone cream.

Chocolate salty caramel with spiced pecan and popcorn. (gf)

Pure pops. Popsicle flavours: strawberry & rhubarb, ginger beer & lime. (gf)

Cheesecake. Goat’s curd with passionfruit caramel.

Sicilian cannoli. Ricotta, chocolate & pistachios.

Polenta & almond cake with limoncello zabilogne. (gf)

Spanish creme caramel. (gf)

Cupcakes. Carrot, coconut & banana. (gf)

Chocolate & amaretto torta with whipped vanilla cream.


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Food stations

(for 100 guests or more)


Oyster bar. A selection of freshly shucked oysters and dipping sauces.

Taco station. A selection of classic Mexican taco fillings and tortillas.

Burger station. A range of American style burgers. Sauces & French fries.

Paella station. Spanish seafood paella made in a traditional paella pan.

Fruit icy pole stands. They’re 100% natural frozen treats.

BBQ station. Anything from churrasco to spit roast & classic mod-oz bbq.

Pizza station. A selection of classic pizzas. (gf*)


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Sit-down shared feast

(sample menu)



Fried pizza bread with smashed zucchini dip.

Marinated octopus salad with celery heart, roasted tomatoes & almonds.

Poached veal loins, smoked tuna mayo, salted capers & dried olives.

Pasta to share.

Strozzapreti pasta with slow cooked pork cheeks, ribs, onions, oregano leaves & pecorino.


12 hour roasted Cape Grim beef cheeks, whipped potato, truffle butter & English spinach.


Burnt carrots, leeks, honey, hazelnuts, goats curd and fried garlic.


Layered tiramisu, coffee mousse, mascarpone, amaretto liqueur.


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