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In 2004 Giorgio Linguanti arrived on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. In only four years this young Sicilian went from not speaking a word of English to opening his own cheese shop and winning an award at the Royal Melbourne Show and has won numerous awards since.
Giorgio grew up in Italy and before migrating to Australia, his career was in advertising. During the two years prior to coming to Australia he worked in a small shop selling regional food products typical of the Aeolian Islands (off the north-east coast of Sicilia), which included particular capers organic jams and tuna in oil. This sparked his interest in food.
It was August 2004 when Giorgio migrated to Melbourne without a word of English and got a job in a cheese factory where his interest and passion for making cheese ignited. “It looked challenging” Giorgio confesses.
After his experience in two different cheese factories, Giorgio started his own business ‘That’s Amore Cheese’, in 2008. He began with just one product – bocconcini leaf, which was a huge hit with the Italian Restaurants. Before long he was also making burrata and smoked scarmorza. Chef’s admired his artisan skills in handmade cheeses and were very excited by his products.
Giorgio’s business grew rapidly and in 2010, That’s Amore Cheese took over Donnybrook’s cheese factory. In the same year he opened his shop, ‘La Latteria Mozzarella Laboratory’ where his cheese is made every day in the shop. Giorgio’s cheese laboratory allows him to experiment with new products so that there is always something new to offer.
Giorgio says: “The key to cheesemaking is love. That’s true for everything you do, not just cheese. If you do it with love, the results are obvious – it’s got to be good. That’s why my company’s name, ‘That’s Amore’, means ‘That’s Love.’
Thanks to his passion and love, Giorgio’s business is still growing very well and in April 2015, That’s Amore Cheese moved in a bigger factory in Thomastown, with a beautiful retail outlet.
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