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Top chef ’s bid farewell to food pioneer Stephen Taylor

HERMANN Schneider

A DOYEN of Melbourne’s food scene, Hermann Schneider, who died on 6 May aged 86, of lymphoma, had long-standing links to the Mornington Peninsula. He was a partner at Delgany Country House Hotel, Portsea, 1987-1994, and ran the restaurant at Arthurs Seat from 1994, which closed when structural problems forced the chairlift to close in 2003. Schneider came to Melbourne in

1956 aged 20 as a chef for the Swiss team at the Melbourne Olympics. He stayed on, met and married Faye, and they opened Two Faces restaurant in South Yarra in 1960. Faye died in 2007. His funeral was held at St Thomas More, Mount Eliza, Friday 14 May, followed by a wake at La Serre, Langwarrin South. Such was Schneider’s standing that up to 150 people bade farewell. Daughters Monique and Madeleine and their families paid their respects, and some of Melbourne’s best-known chefs spoke fondly of their training at his high-class establishments. They included MC Luke Mangan, Guy Grossi,

and Teage Ezard, who all apprenticed under him, and head chefs John Lepp and Mike Kelly. Former Mount Eliza restaurateur Rob Licciardo, who spoke at the wake, paid tribute to his mentor and reminisced about his “time with Hermann learning our art”. “I was with him from 1978-1981 at Two Faces before he went to Delgany,” he said. “I can still recall what it was like working in his kitchen. People don’t realise that when he came here from Europe Melbourne was a chop-andthree-veg town. He introduced us to modern cuisine. He was The Man. A lot

of people knew him.” Licciardo said the service and wake were a fitting tribute to “someone who pioneered modern Australian cuisine”. “He will be remembered as an iconic chef who put our cuisine on the map through his hard work, his talent and his art. “Many chefs came through his kitchen and he moulded reputations as his training was the best in the country.” Schneider was described as “fierce, but also funny, modest, and supportive of those who worked with him” – qualities his many friends and colleagues will fondly remember.

Celebrations and cheers for shire’s volunteers

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MORE than 400 volunteers help Mornington Peninsula Shire deliver a range of programs and services. During National Volunteer Week (17-23 May) the shire is celebrating their contribution. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said: “Our volunteers are dedicated, passionate and hardworking, contributing their time in all sorts of services and programs. “I’d like to thank them for their tireless commitment to their roles. We couldn’t do what we do without them. “We recognise the important work all volunteers do and celebrate being able to reconnect with people, community and nature after a lonely and challenging year that was 2020.” Volunteers give their time to services such as Meals on Wheels and L2P (youth driving program) and “keep the wheels turning” at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, the shire’s libraries, The Briars and Mount Martha and Mornington community houses, as well as at many other organisations and causes. Volunteering helps people connect with, and make a difference, in their local community and can give a great sense of purpose, as well as building new skills. It helps the cause, and is a good opportunity to make new connections, friends and contribute to the community. Volunteering enhances people’s overall health and wellbeing, creating a sense of belonging to the community. The Volunteering Mornington Peninsula website lists available roles with the shire and other organisations delivering services and programs across the peninsula. See

The food economy THE second Mornington Peninsula Food Forum focusing on agriculture, food and beverage businesses, will highlight regenerative farming, flexible and resilient supply chains and “growing” new farmers. Speakers will include Sally Ruljancich, co-founder of the Prom Coast Food Collective and Tanya Massey, lead researcher at Farmer Incubator, as well as Danny Almagor, from Small Giants, and Peter Aldenhoven, from the Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association. Food writer and presenter Richard Cornish will host the interactive program which offers guests ample time between presentations and over lunch to chat, ask questions and form connections with all types of food businesses. The forum is at Tyabb Community Hall, 9.30am-3.30pm, Friday 21 May. A discount is available for MPP certified businesses. Bookings are essential and tickets are limited to 100. To book tickets and view the program visit: Follow @mpfoodforum on Instagram or email

Recycling explained

Authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra.


Mornington News

18 May 2021

AN online workshop is being held 7-8.15pm, Thursday 13 May to explain recycling. The sessions are being presented by the Rethink Centre, which is helping communities rethink the amount of waste they produce and where it goes. Register at:

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