Martini is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter. Her food message is drawn from her professional cooking career, Tunisian-Italian heritage and from the challenges of feeding nutritious and stimulating food to her family. 

In 2021 Martini joined forces with Michael Gebran to open her brand-new restaurantHeroin Melbourne’s iconic ACMI building, as part of Hospitality M – where Karen takes the role of founding partner, creative food director and chef. She was also the founding chef at the critically acclaimedMelbourne Wine Roomand Sydney’sIcebergs Dining Room and Bar. As executive chef of both restaurants, she held two chef’s hats in Sydney and Melbourne, and won, withIcebergs, the 2004Best New Restaurant AwardfromThe Sydney Morning Herald. After 15 years at The Melbourne Wine Room, Martini and her partner Michael opened St Kilda’s much-loved pizzeriamr. wolf, which they stepped back from and sold in 2021. 

Martini’s contribution to print media has included roles as food editor forFairfax’sSunday Life Magazineand Epicure/Good Livingliftout for several years. In 2019 she returned to the paper as a food columnist for theGoodWeekendmagazine supplement.  

A comprehensive cookbook collection is also among Martini’s achievements. It includes Salads & Vegetables,New Kitchen,Home,Everyday,The Karen Martini Collection,Feasting,Cooking at HomeandWhere the Heart Is, plus her largest book to date, the 2022 release COOK: The Only Book You Need in the Kitchen. In this deeply personal publication, six years in the making, Martini shares a lifetime of cooking, eating and learning about food.

For over a decade Martini has been residentchef on Australia’s longest running lifestyle television seriesBetter Homes and Gardens, along the way sharing in seven consecutiveLogieAwards. She also appeared as a judge on Seven’s reality cooking programMy Kitchen Rulesand co-hosted three series ofThe Intolerant Cooks. Other television credits include Lifestyle Café forThe Lifestyle Channel andGuide to a Classic Christmas, alongside Curtis Stone on Seven, which was shot in her home and saw the pair share recipes for their modern take on Christmas traditions.