Dani Valet

Dani Valent's Cooks and Chefs Series is a new way to enjoy some of Australia's best loved recipes at home.

Food writer, restaurant critic and cookbook author Dani Valent has always enjoyed bringing people together around good food. Her Cooks and Chefs Series, powered by Cookaborough, is a fun new way to gather at your table to eat, learn and enjoy.

The Cooks and Chefs Series is a new way to connect with outstanding cooks and chefs and experience their cookbooks, recipes and expert insights. It's also a new, easy, enriching way to get a special dinner on the table.

We're launching the series with Julia Busittil Nishimura and her beloved Ostro book.

Julia has selected some of her favourite winter recipes from Ostro and overseen their preparation so every dish sings with flavour and soul. We'll deliver these dishes to your place for you to finish off or heat up at home.

You're eating the book, why not buy a signed copy?

We're delighted to offer signed copies of Ostro at a special celebratory 'Cooks and Chefs' price, to be delivered along with your meals. If you don't have the book, you'll be glad to know it's a warm and friendly companion for browsing and inspiring kitchen adventures. If you already have it, you'll know that it will also make a great gift.

Ostro was shortlisted for the 2018 ABIA ‘Illustrated Book of the Year’ and named in Gourmet Traveller’s ‘Best Food Books for 2017’. Julia’s second cookbook A Year of Simple Family Food is due to be released in August 2020.

Our Cooks & Chefs Series Launch Menu

Roasted broccoli with lemon, garlic and anchovy crumbs.

Greens pie.

A dependable cabbage salad.

Barley, cavolo nero and beef broth.

Ricotta tortelloni with butter, sage and hazelnuts.

Braised lamb with chickpeas.

Almond chocolate cake.


Baker Bleu focaccia.

Baker Bleu + Cookes Food

Dani and Julia are proud and excited to partner with key identities in the Melbourne food world for this event. Sophie Storen's dynamic Cookes Food is preparing Julia's menu with her guidance, and with the assistance of gun chef Emma Warren, who worked on Ostro with Julia. Mike Russell and his team at outstanding artisan sourdough bakery, Baker Bleu, have created an exclusive bespoke focaccia to match Julia's beautiful food.

Your questions answered

What is the Cooks and Chefs Series?

The Cooks and Chefs Series is a new way to enjoy beautiful food at home. Food writer Dani Valent collaborates with top cooks and chefs on exclusive menus that are offered on one day only. The food is delivered cold for reheating at home. It's a new way to enjoy beloved cookbooks and a great way to gain insight into how experts think about creating their dishes. You'll eat dishes the way the recipe author intended them!

Who is involved?

Food writer Dani Valent has collaborated with technology partner Cookaborough and an exciting roster of cooks and chefs. Depending on the chef, the food is prepared by trusted partners under the supervision of our cook or chef. For our first event, Julia 'Ostro' Busuttil Nishimura is overseeing her dishes' preparation by top caterer Cookes Food.

How is the food delivered?

Your meals are delivered cold for you to heat up at home.

When do I need to order?

Orders will close at 8pm on Sunday August 2. Food will be available for pick up from St Kilda on Thursday August 6 or delivered if you've chosen that option on either Thursday August 6 or Friday August 7

How does it work?

Sign up for free to be part of Dani Valent's Cooks and Chefs Series, powered by Cookaborough. Order and pay for your food and let us know if you can pick it up from St Kilda or whether you would like it delivered. The food is delivered cold with instructions for reheating.

Who's next?

As a valued diner with the Cooks and Chefs Series, you'll be first to hear about upcoming events with brilliant cooks and chefs. Stay tuned to @danivalent and @juliaostro for content to enrich your experience.

Dani Valent

Dani Valent is all about connecting people to great food experiences.

One of Australia’s most respected food communicators, she is a longtime freelance journalist, restaurant critic, media commentator and award-winning cookbook author. Her business card says: writer, eater, traveller and cook. If it's delicious, she's there, and she'd love to bring you with her!

Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Julia Busuttil Nishimura is a Melbourne-based cook, author and teacher.

Her food celebrates simple ingredients and seasonal produce and is influenced by her Maltese upbringing and time living in Italy. She teaches sell-out cooking workshops and pasta master classes and is a regular contributor to Australian and international publications such as The Design Files, Country Style Magazine, ABC and Good Food.