George Calombaris

By George: Calombaris’ Melbourne Empire

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George Calombaris

Arguably Masterchef’s busiest judge, George Calombaris opens yet another Melbourne eatery in between takes.

Apart from going around again in the sixth season of Masterchef Australia, original judge George Calombaris has also recently expanded his influence in his hometown of Melbourne with the opening of Jimmy Grants in David St, Fitzroy.

A souvlaki shop with a difference, forget badly packed late-night kebabs with the lot – Jimmy Grants is part-bar, part-diner and part takeaway, offering slow-roasted lamb from the shoulder and chicken from the spit alongside big, fresh salads such as Hellenic Slaw or Cyrpriot Grain Salad, which George has kindly provided the recipe here for Men’s Style readers to recreate at home.

Jimmy Grants? Rhyming slang for “immigrants”, a theme reflected in the attire of the waiters and the murals on the wall of this homely, heartfelt addition to Melbourne’s dynamic fancified street food scene.

Cypriot Grain Salad

Cypriot Grain Salad

Serves: 8

Ingredients
1 bunch coriander, shredded
½ bunch parsley, shredded
½ red onion, finely diced
1 cup freekah (or cracked wheat)
1 cup puy lentils
2 tablespoons almonds, toasted slivered
½ cup currants
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive
Sea salt to taste
1 cup thick Greek yoghurt

Method
1. Blanch freekah and puy lentils separately in boiling water until both just cooked
2. Drain well and allow to cool
3. In a medium bowl place the coriander, parsley, red onion, freekah, puy lentils, toasted nuts, currants, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix well, season to taste
4. Place into serving dish and top with yoghurt