Janni Kyritsis was born in Greece, where he worked as an electrician from the age of twelve. When he arrived in Australia at twenty-four, he began to learn English by reading from cookbooks and soon developed a passion for the culinary arts. Stephanie Alexander gave the keen but inexperienced electrician a chance in her kitchen, and he has never looked back. Five years later he joined Gay Bilson at the legendary Berowra Waters Inn, and then moved with her to the Sydney Opera House’s Bennelong Restaurant. In 1997 he opened the innovative MG Garage with car dealers Trivett Classic, and won three chef’s hats in his first year. He left the full-time restaurant business in 2002, but he will never stop cooking.