Skip to main content

Homegrown 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.

Enjoy a taste of homegrown 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

The local name in gas and in your kitchen.

For more kitchen inspiration and tips and tricks on using gas, check out our Kleenheat Kitchen recipes.

Kleenheat continues to support the energy needs of local homes and businesses across WA and the Northern Territory. Learn a little more about our local people and the local businesses we work with.


Value that flows through your household and community.

Everyone enjoys value for money. We focus on providing value for our customers and our local community.

Enjoy a variety of offers and rewards that come with sponsoring the local events you love. Plus, our Community Grants program supports local groups and organisations doing great things in communities across the Northern Territory and regional Western Australia.

Choose homegrown, choose Kleenheat.

Kleenheat knows the value of homegrown 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.

Looking for big-value energy? Let’s talk business.

Kleenheat delivers safe and reliable natural gas, LPG, and electricity to thousands of WA businesses across WA and the Northern Territory, tailoring energy solutions to suit specific needs and budgets. Find out how our business can work with your business.

Add your comment

Leave a Reply