Australia’s biggest and best festival of food and drink is back from 15 – 24 March – and you’re invited.

Kanji Kobayashi x Michael Greenlaw

Presented by Singapore Airlines

19–23 March

One of Japan's most talked-about specialists in hyperlocal cuisine brings his virtuosic take on Italo-Japanese cooking from the two-Michelin-starred Villa Aida to Atria, atop The Ritz-Carlton.



(Includes GST, fees may apply)




Level 80, 650 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, 3000

Kanji Kobayashi likes to go his own way. When he was 21, this son of a farmer hopped on a plane and left his hometown in rural Wakayama Prefecture and took himself to Italy on a trip that would last four years. When he returned home to Japan, he brought with him experiences from the length of the Italian republic, and a clear sense of his mission in the kitchen. The years he’d spent abroad, he says, gave him his foundation: “The Italian culture of campanismo, cooking with ingredients that can be found within earshot of the church bells of each city, is still the basis of my cooking.”

Villa Aida, the restaurant Kobayashi and his wife Yumi established back on the family farm in Wakayama, about an hour south of Osaka, in 1998, is all about seasonality, making heroes of the vegetables of the surrounding mountains and fields. Diners have jumped on board, and the critics with them – Michelin awards the restaurant two stars, and Aida sits at #14 on the latest Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, where it’s dubbed a “rural produce utopia serving contemporary Italian-inflected dishes”.

While a setting 80 floors the central district of the metropolis of Melbourne might seem distant from the church bells of Italy and the fields of country Japan both, it’s here at Atria, the fine diner at the new Ritz-Carlton hotel, that Kanji Kobayashi joins Michael Greenlaw this festival. Why? A passion for the local and the seasonal is something the two chefs share, and in welcoming Kobayashi to the pristine Atria kitchen, Greenlaw is setting the stage for a one-off exploration of Victorian ingredients, a celebration of the state’s sustainable growers, graziers and anglers over six courses.

This event runs on March 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23. Tickets are $390 and include a six-course menu with drinks charged on consumption. To make your booking, click the link below.


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More information

  • Gift voucher not redeemable
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Allocated Seating: Yes
  • Accommodation recommendations:
  • Nut Allergy
  • Vegetarian
  • For all event enquiries, please call 03 9122 2858 or email