Nornie Bero is an island girl from the Komet Tribe of the Meriam people of Mer Island and was raised in the Torres Strait. A professional chef in Melbourne and London for more than 20 years, Bero is passionate about sharing the food culture she grew up with. She is the owner and executive chef of Mabu Mabu, a Melbourne hospitality and food business that celebrates the fantastic Indigenous produce and flavours from across the big island now known as Australia.  

Through her retail products, recently published cookbook and flagship restaurant Big Esso at Federation Square, Bero is on a mission to get native herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables and sustainable meats into every Australian pantry.