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Home-grown goodness with Melissa Palinkas | Kleenheat Kitchen

For Melissa, it’s about more than just quality WA produce as she continues to put the brakes on waste.

As Head Chef and co-owner of East Fremantle’s Young George, Melissa continues to garner plenty of praise for her inventive and flavoursome food as she fosters a growing army of satisfied customers.

And with good reason: her focus on sustainability and her nose-to-tail, root-to-shoot philosophy means every part of her ingredients is utilised to amplify flavour and invent deliciously quirky additions to the ever-changing restaurant menu. 

We’re talking leaves used as a tasty edible garnish, dried peelings morphed into seasonings, and fermented stalks as the perfect condiment.

Melissa’s ‘zero waste’ food philosophy is heavily influenced by her mother’s rustic, homestyle cooking – which always made best use of secondary cuts and offal to minimise waste – which fostered in her a keen understanding and appreciation of quality local produce.

Today, every ingredient that finds its way into the Young George kitchen has been sourced locally in WA – with Melissa continuing to build strong relationships with local farmers and suppliers who offer unique, top quality produce that’s close to home.

Additionally, Melissa’s sustainability-focus led recent efforts to lighten Young George’s environmental footprint, with the kitchen moving away from single-use plastic containers in favour of hardy polycarbonate containers to help reduce waste. Kudos!

Enjoy a taste of home-grown goodness from Melissa Palinkas’ co-owned restaurant Young George and keep supporting local businesses.

Want to try a new recipe inspired by Melissa Palinkas?

Try Melissa Palinkas’ hearty, wholesome and zesty saltbush pork tenderloin with mandarin glaze & multigrain fried rice.

Melissa Palinkas pork

Choose home grown, choose Kleenheat

Kleenheat knows the value of home grown goodness – after all, we’ve been supporting the needs of local households and businesses for more than 60 years.

We believe there’s value in choosing local, so if you’re not a Kleenheat customer choose local today and let life flow.

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