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Yotam Ottolenghi


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Yotam Ottolenghi is one of those chefs. The ones whose names sell millions of cookbooks around the world, and headline restaurants.

He’s known and loved for books like Jerusalem – a richly evocative celebration of the culinary DNA of his homeland (with chef Sami Tamimi) – and for the vegetarian classic Plenty, a book that the Guardian hailed for its vegetarian recipes ‘that even meat eaters want to eat’.

His path to the world of food was unconventional. After completing a Master’s degree in philosophy and literature while working on the news desk of an Israeli daily, he moved to London and worked as an assistant pastry chef – leading to his own chain of restaurants and food shops, and to his bestselling books.

Plenty changed the way people cook and eat. Its focus on vegetable dishes, with the emphasis on flavour, original spicing and freshness of ingredients, caused a world revolution in eating – and a revelation that vegetarian food can be fresh and exciting; it doesn’t need to be dour.

His new book, Plenty More, picks up where Plenty left off, with 120 more dazzling dishes. This is a tantalising opportunity to hear from one of the world’s most sizzling culinary stars, in the worlds of both cooking and food writing. Come hear Yotam Ottolenghi on his philosophy and approach to food.

Hosted by Karen Martini.


Yotam Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi’s path to the world of cooking and baking has been anything but straightforward. Having completed a Masters degree in philosophy and literature while working on the news desk of an Israeli daily, he made a radical shift on coming to London in 1997. He started as an assistant pastr... Read more

Karen Martini

Melbourne chef, restaurateur and food writer Karen Martini has been cooking professionally for more than 20 years. She trained at top restaurant Tansy’s in the early 1990s and has headed restaurant kitchens including the iconic Melbourne Wine Room, white-hot Icebergs Dining Room in Sydney and her ... Read more


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