MAT­TEO CAR­BONI

Country Style - - FASHION -

CHEF/OWNER OF CASA CAR­BONI, 44

Mat­teo and Fiona live with their chil­dren Sofia, eight, and Filippo, six, in An­gas­ton, in the Barossa, where they run Casa Car­boni restau­rant, cook­ing school and wine bar. You moved from Italy in 2011, what do you love about liv­ing in the Barossa now? The com­mu­nity... I fell in love with the pro­duce in the Barossa and then the peo­ple and land­scape, which of­ten re­minds me of home. How would you de­scribe your style? Re­laxed, com­fort­able, nat­u­ral. What’s your typ­i­cal out­fit? Most days I am in chef whites, as I’m in the ktichen. Days off are usu­ally jeans, a polo shirt and Birken­stocks. What are your wardrobe es­sen­tials? White cot­ton polo or linen shirts with the sleeves rolled up. Jeans in win­ter and cargo shorts in sum­mer. I like nat­u­ral fab­rics in neu­tral colours and no vis­i­ble brand­ing. Do you have any favourite la­bels? Years ago I in­vested in linen shirts from Etro in Mi­lan and they are still my favourites. Where do shop? When we go back to Parma in Italy each year I pick up any­thing I need; there are a cou­ple of shops where I know I can find ex­actly what I am look­ing for. Oh, and my brother’s wardrobe! I’ll wear clothes till they are fall­ing apart whereas he fol­lows trends. What groom­ing prod­ucts do you use? I’m up early each morn­ing to bake bread and start in the kitchen so there’s not much time for groom­ing. Luck­ily I have a great hair­dresser in the Barossa who cuts my hair so well I don’t need to use any prod­uct. What do you never leave home with­out? My ‘Prop­erty of’ mes­sen­ger bag from Am­s­ter­dam. How will you be spend­ing Fa­ther’s Day? This year Fa­ther’s Day is on Septem­ber 2, which is also my birth­day! We work Sun­days so we usu­ally cel­e­brate the next day with pan­cakes or French toast, which the kids love help­ing to make. This year I’d say we will have a fam­ily din­ner Sun­day night at Fiona’s par­ents’ place as well. What do you love most about be­ing a fa­ther? Be­ing a fa­ther is a chal­lenge on a daily ba­sis and a never-end­ing learn­ing curve. I try to teach my kids what I have been taught by my par­ents. It is for them that we do what we do: look­ing at them grow every day is the best re­ward ever. > Visit casacar­boni.com.au

CLOCK­WISE, FROM ABOVE Mat­teo and Fiona shar­ing a meal at Casa Car­boni with Sofia, Filippo and Fiona’s mum Sue; pan­zanella with king prawns; eight-year-old Sofia.

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