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Manny Abela

I started and finished my apprenticeship at Qubah morwell and went on to become Head Chef at Cargo in Traralgon, where I stayed for four years. I opened Saltbush Restaurant and Cafe in late 2011 and in 2015 expanded to the market circuit with Little Piggy Market Munchies.

My biggest and proudest food achievements to date would have to be sticky Asian beef short ribs and Korean fried chicken.

Food is something Iā€™m really passionate about because it brings together family and friends in a way that nothing else has the ability to do.

I love Gippsland because we are central to the city, beach and snow. Here in the Latrobe Valley and in the whole Gippsland region we have such a great variety of restaurants, wineries and produce, and this is something that we should try and celebrate more and more.