Niko Pasieka: 30 Under 30

Published on 15 June 2022

Photo: Niko Pasieka (photo: Clint Peloso).

Niko Pasieka was raised in a country where you can go to regular high school or culinary high school. That country is, of course, France. Choosing the latter option, Niko followed his high school cooking studies with a Diploma in Hospitality. He’s now the head chef at Maha Bar.

Hi, my name is Niko Pasieka.

Right now I’m working at Maha Bar as head chef.

Before I started here, I worked at Maha Restaurant for two years. 

All up, I’ve been cooking for 13 years, three of them in Victoria.

And I’m passionate about creating experiences and being able to cook people good food. 

Which means I enjoy cooking things like slow-braised meats, roast poultry, home-made pasta and more. 

At 30 Under 30 I’ll be cooking roast spiced carrots with pine-nut butter. 

The person I’m most looking forward to working with for 30 Under 30 is everyone, because I always enjoy working with a new team and meeting new people.

My favourite thing to eat in Victoria right now is deli-style meats, fresh bread and a selection of cheeses. It tastes good all year round and never disappoints. 

The big change I'd like to see in our food and drink scene in the next 30 years is a more sustainable food supply, and more use of local produce, because it’s very much needed. 

Catch Nikp Pasieka at the 30 Under 30 Gala dinner on Thursday 28 July and at the 30 Under 30 dinner at Cutler & Co on Wednesday 3 August. Follow his further adventures at @___kosap___  

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