Maribyrnong City Council has produced a beautifully bold web series called Chef Out West, which launched on Friday 16 July. It explores the importance of food as a universal expression of culture and community.

    The series uncovers the culinary journey of seven chefs from the inner west who share their gift to connect cultures and build social harmony. All share their unique stories of arrival in Melbourne’s west and their enduring passion for the local community that they serve.

    The series also features on the City of Maribyrnong Facebook and Instagram pages, including a screening each Friday until 13 August.

    There are some well-known favourites among the restaurants featured, including:

    • Konjo Ethiopian Restaurant in Footscray
    • Chi Bao in Yarraville Village
    • Chibog in West Footscray
    • Charlies Pizza in Footscray
    • Café Terroni in Yarraville Village
    • Blue Bamboo in Braybrook
    • Small French Bar in Footscray

    Mayor of the City of Maribyrnong Michael Clarke says: “Chef out West is a series to savour. The food on display is mouth-watering and confirms what we here in the west already know – our food offerings are arguably some of the best in Victoria. While individual journeys, each imbues a passion for our community and highlights the importance of supporting the recovery of small hospitality traders, who are the soul of our community.”

    Chef Out West will also be available on SBS On Demand later in the year – in the meantime, checkout

    The series was supported by the Victorian Government’s Let’s Stay Connected Fund, devised to help communities stay connected during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond.

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