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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 August 2015
12 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 AUGUST 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Restaurant Neos Kosmos spoke to Melburnian Maz about what it’s really like to open your own restaurant on reality TV ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS Opening a restaurant is a challenge in itself. Now imagine doing it all with a limited budget and tight schedule before the critical eye of the Australian public and a judging panel of the food industry's top experts on national television. But for Restaurant Revolution contestants Marilyn (Maz) Koutsonikolas, 24, and her partner Nathan Scarfo, 27, this was a "natural progression". "Nathan's been a head chef for a couple With a vision to convey exactly what it's of years now and he really wants his own restaurant, so this is the opportunity of a lifetime for us," Maz tells Neos Kosmos. The couple's journey on Channel 7's Restaurant Revolution started one night, when the 24-year-old recalls returning home to find her partner overjoyed by the concept. "He was just really excited because he saw this application online for this TV show. We applied for it, and six months after that we got the position!" she says. Kicking off on the Seven network last month, this is the new food-themed show on the block. like to open and run a restaurant, five teams around the country were appointed the task of transforming a shipping container into a pop-up restaurant in just a few weeks. Now up and running, while filming is under way, viewers are able to get amongst the action and test the product for themselves rather than relying purely on judges' comments. All restaurants are being marked on food, service and atmosphere, with profit being the ultimate judge. With Nathan's culinary expertise (he was first appointed the role of head chef at the age of 22), coupled with Maz's marketing and public relations background, along with eight years of front of house experience, the couple have an invaluable insight behind the hospitality industry over many of the other competitors. With Nathan's strong arm being Italian fine dining, the Melburnians have cr Italian eatery in bustling St Kilda. Though don't expect a set menu - this place is all about offering the top notch produc bites, intended to be shared, along with mains, desserts and sides. Though customers are enthused about the menu as a whole, Maz admits favourites have emer "Nathan is - I don't know how he does it - but he is a master of risotto, and our duck r risotto is very popular What's also popular is ... our c cooked two ways," she reveals. Melbourne duo Nathan and Maz.
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