A Migrant’s Food Tale - Giovanni (John) Maiorana
Location: 49 Broadway, Nedlands
We met Giovanni through his wife Eve who is the daughter of Polish-born mosaic artist, the late George Szybek/
Shebek. Our morning will begin with a brief tribute to the artist who created the leschenaultia mosaic now proudly
displayed in the Society’s meeting room.
Giovanni’s talk will follow. It will explore the influence on our food culture of postwar migrants from continental
Europe, especially their impact on the restaurant scene. The talk provides insight into the development of modern
Australian cuisine through the fusion of many ethnic foods and the evolving sophistication of Australian diners.
The changes are seen through the eyes of Giovanni (John) Maiorana from the time he arrived as a young migrant
from Sicily in 1952. Giovanni was a mathematics teacher who ran a Hospitality Consultancy business with his close
contact with the many restaurant owners around Northbridge. He has been the proprietor of Gourmet Godfather
Hospitality Consulting, an Italian cooking teacher for 27 years, and an Italian food historian. He has served as
chairman of the judging panel for the WA Restaurant & Catering Industry Awards, 1994-2012.
Event information: A Migrant’s Food Tale - Giovanni (John) Maiorana
Phone: 9386 3841