Chris & Julian Parisi picking artichokes
Father and son, Chris and Julian Parisi, are at Flemington Markets daily and work with a huge network of growers to source great fruit and vegetables. I’ve worked with the Parisi family since 2012 and I’m inspired by the way they do business. Chris’s father Antonio Parisi opened their first greengrocer in Strathfield in 1954. They moved to Rose Bay in 1981 where the family’s name became synonymous with quality fresh produce. Chris’ son Julian grew up in the business that cousin Anthony is now also part of. I love working with a family business like Parisi because these guys all really care about their produce, their customers and each other!
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I use Parisi’s fruit and veg in all sorts of dishes, sweet and savoury, across a wide range of cuisines.

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Caramelised Baked Strawberries by Janni Kyritsis - using Parisi strawberries
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Caramelised Baked Strawberries

Sometimes strawberries can be more about colour than taste. Chef Janni Kyritsis taught me that heating them, especially with a touch of sugar, brings out their natural flavour.

Grilled Zucchini Flowers w Herb Dressing Inspired by Giovanni Pilu using Parisi Zucchini Flowers
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Grilled Zucchini Flowers

How pretty are zucchini flowers? So easy to prepare too! Inspired by Sardinian chef Giovanni Pilu, I grill them and drizzle with a simple herb dressing that’s also great over any grilled veg.

Apple & Pecan Salad using Parisi fresh produce
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Apple & Pecan Salad

Crisp sweet apples and crunchy pecans mixed with a handful of greens, come together in this simple salad that’s a bit like a Southern version of Waldorf salad.

Pear, Fennel & Radish Salad


Salads can be a starter, side or star attraction, simple or complex, hot or cold. Here are some of my favourite salad recipes from around the world.

Watercress Soup and Chive Pull Aparts


What’s more satisfying than a bowl of soup? Hot or cold, light or hearty, creamy and smooth or chunky, here are some of my favourite soup recipes.

Mushroom Pappardelle


Pasta is the perfect quick, easy comfort food. Whip up a bowl in less time than it takes for pizza to arrive. Here are my favourite pasta recipes.

Baked Honey-glazed Baby Carrots


They may be a support act, but great side dishes can transform a meal. Here are some of my favourite side dishes using Parisi fresh produce.

Asparagus Goat Cheese Risotto - Food Waste


Despite great regional diversity, northern Italy and southern Italy are united by passion for simple, seasonal food. Here are my favourite Italian recipes.

Baby Radishes with Pepe Saya Cultured Butter & Olsson's Sea Salt Flakes


Vive La France! From bistro classics to lesser-known regional dishes from Provençe, Alsace and the Basque country. Here are my favourite French recipes.

Bánh Mí (Banh Mi) with Windy Hills Farm herbs


Here are my favourite Asian recipes, from herb-driven southeast Asian dishes and India’s heady spices to China and Japan’s unique cuisines.

Turkish Eggplant Salad (Patliçan Salatası)

Mid East & Greek

The food of Turkey, the Levant, North Africa & Greece have a lot in common, including a love of fresh produce. Enjoy my favourite recipes from that part of the world.

Figs & Prosciutto

Small Plates

Whether it’s eastern Mediterranean mezze, Italian antipasto or Spanish tapas, the idea is the same: small dishes of tasty food to enjoy with a drink.

Saffron Poached Pears


Fruit and vegetables are colourful, textural, great-tasting and good for you! Here are some of my favourite sweet treats using Parisi's gorgeous fresh produce.

Bajan Corn Soup


The world of fruits, vegetables and funghi provides a wealth of plant-based possibilities for delicious dishes. Here are my favourite sweet and savoury vegan recipes.

Vegetable Stock


Take your cooking from good to great with these basic stocks, sauces and other preparations that form the cornerstone of delicious dishes.

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Why is quality fresh produce expensive?

Premium fresh produce is a very small percentage of the country’s total production. The cost involved in producing a quality piece of fruit compared to a blemished or inferior piece varies significantly and – like anything – what you put in effects what comes out! The quality of pickers, logistics, packing and storing are other major expenses involved in delivering consistently high quality fresh products to market.

How do I buy the best vegetables at the best price?

The most important tip for quality fresh produce at the best price is to buy what’s in season. Make the most of gorgeous Aussie asparagus in spring and radicchio in winter. Out of season produce is in scarce supply, or imported, so it’s always going to be more expensive and not even at its best! Secondly, be prepared to try different fruit and veg. Artichokes, chestnuts, zucchini flowers and cumquats are just a few of the products many people look at but never cook with.

Who owns Parisi?

Parisi Australia is owned by the Parisi family, including Chris Parisi and his son Julian. The business was started by Chris’s parents Antonio and Giovanna Parisi in 1954 after they immigrated from the Aeolian island of Lipari.

Which chefs and restaurants does Parisi supply?

Parisi has long been a supplier to leading Sydney restaurants including the Merivale Group, Fink Group, Rockpool Dining Group, Saint Peter and Catalina. They also supply corporate clients including PWC and Google.

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