Dominique Rizzo, QLD

Pure Ambition

Maybe you’ve been fortunate enough to sample her superb range of Italian-inspired dishes, or you might know her from her longstanding role on Channel Ten’s Ready, Steady, Cook.

As one of Australia’s leading chefs, Dominique Rizzo is also in demand as a presenter and teacher, and is so passionate about sharing her love of great food that she takes small groups of dedicated foodies on glamorous cooking tours to Italy, Sicily, Puglia, and Spain and Greece.

“What I love most about my work would have to be the variety,” says Dominique. “It is all so wonderful and diverse.”

Dominique’s days can include writing a new food tour, picking chairs, deciding what goes into her edible garden, sanding shelves, planting herbs, writing recipes, attending production meetings, chatting to suppliers, and the list goes on.

Dominique could be forgiven for stopping there, but she’s about to dive into one of her most ambitious projects yet - a Putia Pure Food concept cooking school and kitchen pantry.

“I also want to launch my ‘Farm to Table Outdoor Kitchen’ and develop a range of products under my Pure Food Cooking label,” she says.

I am backing this project completely... It was easy with Silver Chef.

“I am backing this project completely on my own and anyone who has ever opened a restaurant or food business knows the expenses and budget for fit-out, equipment, and more equipment,” Dominique says. “For a small business with great ideas for growth, I did not want to get into debt before I even started, so it was an ideal situation to rent the equipment with the option to buy. Also it makes it really flexible.”

That’s where Silver Chef came in, offering an easy process for Dominique to navigate.

“[Silver Chef’s] customer service was very efficient and friendly and they were very helpful and fast,” Dominique explains. “If you need equipment in a hurry, the whole process can take place in days so that was way better than the banks.”

When it comes to the ability to add equipment as you grow, Dominique says Silver Chef is, “A great idea particularly for businesses who have planned for growth and perhaps a change of direction. Flexibility is paramount in hospitality as it is an ever-changing industry.”
Dominique says she would definitely recommend Silver Chef to other restaurateurs. 

“It is a much easier process than banks and because Silver Chef deal specifically in hospitality equipment, they have all the support with regards to upgrading, downsizing, servicing and, if you go bust, you walk away,” Dominique says. “You don’t lose your grandmother!”

Chef, Author and Presenter
Dominique Rizzo, QLD

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