Forrestfield chef opens doors to work experience


Gracie Maiolo at her latest venture in Forrestfield. Picture: Bruce Hunt d471655
Gracie Maiolo at her latest venture in Forrestfield. Picture: Bruce Hunt d471655

FORRESTFIELD butcher-baker Grace Maiolo is reaching out to local young people to offer work experience at her newly-opened diner.

Her career began in 1969 as one of the first female butchers in WA and extends to more than 47 years in hospitality and entertaining.

She is best known to locals as the face behind the counter at FoodWorks, but her love of the food industry has seen her manage the luxury lounges of Perth Airport.

More recently she has written cookbooks and worked as a radio presenter with 6PR and Curtin University, sharing her recipes and cooking tips.

After moving to Forrestfield two years ago, the 62-year-old searched for a place to open her own cafe and found her venue next to Hillside Church in Berkshire Road.

“I approached the pastor about the cafe lease and volunteers from the church helped with the refurbishment,” Ms Maiolo said.

“Gracie’s Cafe is part of the community and I want to encourage young people and local schools to showcase their talent here on a regular basis.”

Customers will be presented with meals prepared by aspiring chefs and entertained by local buskers in search of an appreciative audience.

Gracie’s guitar-playing son and resident cook will launch the first showcase tonight, August 4.