30 Under 30 at Matilda 159 - SOLD OUT

Dinner with Elijah Chen, Zack Furst, Mitch Haag, Bianca Johnston, Javier Ortiz and Joane Yeoh.

Scott Pickett is a passionate supporter of budding culinary talent, and when the opportunity to host a 30 Under 30 extravaganza came up he didn’t hesitate to get on board. Pickett’s glamorous flame-powered South Yarra restaurant Matilda 159 will be the creative playground for six of our chefs, all keen to step into the kitchen and show Melbourne what they’re made of.

Bianca Johnston is no stranger to cooking with fire – as the head chef of Geelong’s internationally celebrated fine diner Igni, she’s all about the coals. Wodonga boy Zack Furst learned the ropes at Provenance, Embrasse, Brooks, Attica and Ides before joining Bar Liberty, where he is now head chef. Mitch Haag apprenticed at TarraWarra Estate and the Healesville Hotel in the Yarra Valley, staged at Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, worked at Portland Restaurant in London, and is now sous chef at Hazel.

Matilda’s own Elijah Chen, an alumnus of Quay and Gaea, will be in full effect on the night, alongside Javier Ortiz, a Chilean-born fellow Scott Pickett Group chef who is currently rocking the brand-new Smith St Bistrot as a chef de partie.

Bringing things to a sweet finish is Joane Yeoh, a chef who has worked at LuxBite, Spice Temple and Rosetta, The Press Club and Tonka, and staged at Narisawa in Tokyo before heading up the pastry section at Coda and (soon) opening a Japanese-inspired ice-creamery called Kōri.

It’s a group packing some seriously diverse skills and a wealth and breadth of experience that belies their years, all brought together by a love of good food and a passion for excellence. We can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us.


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Further Information

Disabled Accessibility

This venue is wheelchair accessible with a lift to access restrooms in lower level.

Allocated Seating


Further Event Details

Please note that seating is allocated. If you wish to sit as a group please be sure to book under a single booking. Regrettably the format of this event does not allow us to accommodate dietary requirements, food allergies or other changes to the menu.

Event Enquiries

For all event enquiries, please call: (03) 9089 6668

DateTue 2 Aug
Price $135
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dietary requirements not available
(03) 9089 6668