Moomba Monarchs 2017

One of the festival’s most iconic ceremonial traditions is the crowning of the Moomba Monarchs, who act as festival ambassadors and take part in the Moomba Parade. Over the years, Moomba Kings and Queens have been represented by celebrities like Bert, Dame Edna and Molly, as well as sporting and community heroes such as Cathy Freeman, Stevie and Michelle Payne, and Peter Brock.

In a tribute to our city’s incredible food scene, we’re super proud to crown celebrated Melburnian chefs Karen Martini and Guy Grossi as the 2017 Moomba Monarchs. Both chefs have long been pioneers in the Melbourne food scene and have played a huge role in our city’s ongoing obsession with food.

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Guy Grossi

Guy Grossi is a devoted chef and restaurateur. He is the owner of Grossi Florentino, Merchant Osteria Veneta and Ombra Salumi Bar. Recognised as one of the country's leading authorities on Italian food, Guy is a recent Fellow of the International Specialised Skills Institute and co-founder of The Melbourne Tomato Festival. Guy is also the author of a number of bestselling books.

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Karen Martini

Karen Martini is an award-winning chef, author and television presenter. Karen was the founding chef at the critically acclaimed Melbourne Wine Room and now owns and runs mr. wolf with her partner, Michael Sapountsis, She is the food editor for The Age’s ‘Good Food’ and has numerous cookbooks published. Karen regularly appears on Better Homes and Gardens and My Kitchen Rules.

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Past Moomba Monarchs