A ruthless approach in the kitchen & a passion for excellence

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Harry grew up in a large immigrant family in the rough and tough western suburbs of Melbourne and his first jobs in kitchens were an escape, of sorts, from the
tight reins his dad held over the seven kids. He’s prepared food for Formula One driver Michael Schumacher and he recalls the early days of Cecconi’s in Melbourne’s Crown Casino when the pollies would be seated on one side of the restaurant and the local mafia on the other.

Everyone has a Story and today I’d like you to meet Harry Lilai (executive chef ⁠Bocca Italian⁠)


About the Author /


After 30 years in radio, John now runs the Conversations IN Noosa podcast and in between being our writer, sanity checker, accounts manager, event MC, and delivery boy; he spends time with his first love, recording a daily Drive program for regional radio from home (often in his pyjamas); and presenting Saturday mornings on Hot 91.1. He has previously worked for FoxFM Melbourne, Triple M Brisbane and SeaFM, as well as managing and presenting on ABC Sunshine Coast.

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