Karen Martini announced as Market Ambassador
Queen Victoria Market has today announced Karen Martini as the Market’s new ambassador. The Melbourne-based chef, restaurateur, writer, television presenter and mum is looking forward to sharing her love of food, passion for the Market and expertise with customers and traders.
Karen’s connection with the Market started when she was just a child. Her parents would take her to the Queen Vic Market for hot jam doughnuts while they did the family grocery shopping.
“One of my first memories of shopping at the Queen Victoria Market is having to nurse a huge watermelon while sitting in a pram. I recall being in the Meat and Fish Hall and the pram would get pushed up against the glass at the fish counters, and I’d be mesmerised by the googly eyes staring back at me,” she said.
Throughout the year, Karen will share seasonal produce updates, recipes, videos, shopping tips and tricks as well as present cooking demonstrations; encouraging Melburnians to embrace the fresh produce, diverse culture and community spirit that thrives at Melbourne’s favourite marketplace.
“Shopping at the Queen Vic Market is something that I love to do. It’s about being part of a community and a culture that is treasured here in Melbourne. It’s unlike anything else – I love the history of the Market and that it always has a buzzing vibe. There is so much to learn from each trader and they have such a rich tapestry of knowledge. I can’t wait to meet more of the Queen Vic Market community,” she said.
Karen kicks off the ambassadorship with her top picks on what to look for at the Queen Vic Market this autumn. As a chef, Karen says autumn brings with it a whole new layer of uniquely seasonal produce to enjoy that inspires us to cook differently.
“If there is something that is in season, shoppers are going to see it first here at the Queen Victoria Market,” Karen says. Across the season, be on the lookout for:
- Watermelon: Sweet and juicy after long ripening through summer.
- Tomatoes: Romas are spot on for salads and saucing.
- Wild Mushrooms: Keep an eye out as their season is often short!
- Lemons: Are plentiful and become local again.
- Nuts: New season varieties now available.
- Quince: Slow cook them until they turn crimson in colour.
- Pears: Look out for the smooth-skinned Josephine pear.
- Kale: Russian kale comes into its own in autumn.
“I am most looking forward to meeting everyone. There is so much that I can give to Queen Vic Market shoppers; from shopping tips that I sometimes take for granted, to the little-known facts about different fruit and vegetables,” she said.
Karen Martini is available for comment on Queen Victoria Market produce, shopping at the Market and recipe content.
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