Giovanni Pilu

Executive Chef at Pilu
Participating in their 4th CEO CookOff


I'm helping OzHarvest raise $3,000,000 to feed those in need in the OzHarvest CEO CookOff

I'm participating in OzHarvest's 2019 CEO CookOff, where top CEOs, chefs and companies work together to make a difference to Australia’s most vulnerable and reduce food waste.

We'd love your support in helping our organisation reach our fundraising goal! Every $1 donated to OzHarvest means they can deliver 2 meals to those in need.

Watch the video to see what this means to the people OzHarvest helps.

Stay tuned for the journey!

My Bio

Giovanni was always destined to cook. Born in Sardinia, he arrived in Australia in 1992, aged 20, full of enthusiasm, and passion, for the unique flavours of his homeland.

At Pilu at Freshwater, Giovanni uses authentic products imported from across Italy, together with fresh local produce, presenting a menu that is refined and innovative whilst maintaining the strict traditions of the cuisine of his island home. Giovanni believes that Italian cooking, should involve simple ingredients, prepared with a minimum of fuss, allowing the ingredients to speak for themselves.

Giovanni is a founding member, and President of the Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia (CIRA), a group established by like-minded Sydney Italian restaurateurs to safeguard Italian culinary culture.

In 2012 Giovanni released his first book, co-authored with Roberta Muir, A Sardinian Cookbook (Penguin Lantern) was the only Australian cookbook finalist in the prestigious International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards, and was awarded the People’s Choice Award.

Giovanni is frequently invited to showcase his expertise in Italian culture and cooking, in corporate settings, at culinary festivals and across many media platforms.

Passionate about encouraging young chefs to learn true Italian cooking; Giovanni enjoys passing on his knowledge to students via his work with TAFE Commercial Cookery courses.

He lists his priorities in life (in the order): family, cooking and bike riding – a sport he keenly pursues and is extremely passionate about. If he is not in the kitchen, you might spy him peddling up and down Sydney’s northern beaches.

My Achievements

$5,000 raised – Halfway there!

$10,000 raised – Target reached!

Target Increased

$50,000 raised!!!

Thank you to my Sponsors


Rachael Wade

Great cause


Julie Adams

Love what Oz Harvest do ... and you guys .. you're always so generous getting behind great causes!!! This looks wonderful. xxx


Richard Bjorkmann

Great cause - go Gio!



Tagliolini di tomato 🤣

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