It’s been called “an evening of abundant conversation”. Chef, restaurant owner and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi is coming to Melbourne Town Hall to talk about his life, his new book Simple, and the personal stories behind his recipes.

The Jerusalem-born, London-based chef has a worldwide following after becoming an incidental champion for the vegetarian movement. Incidental because Ottolenghi only started writing vegetarian recipes after being assigned a vegetarian food column in the Guardian in 2006.

Cordon Bleu-trained Ottolenghi has worked in some of London’s top restaurants, including as a pastry chef at Baker and Spice, where he met Arab-Palestinian chef and partner Sami Tamimi. Together they opened Ottolenghi Notting Hill, a deli that championed vegetables and Middle Eastern ingredients.

Cookbooks (Jerusalem, Plenty, Plenty More) followed. So did TV shows and documentaries. Today Ottolenghi continues to write a weekly column for the Guardian and for the New York Times.

An Evening With Yotam Ottolenghi is on Friday February 1, 2019 at Melbourne Town Hall from 6.30pm. Tickets are $50, or $40 concession. Bookings and information here.