Punch Lane’s head chef Giselle Saffigna always wanted to be a chef. Born in to a large Italian-Australian family, food was a centre point of daily life. Her mother was a passionate cook and a young Giselle could be found rolling gnocchi with her Nona from the age of two.
It wasn’t long before Giselle would be cooking professionally. She started her apprenticeship at Pearl before a move to Melbourne institution, Vue de Monde. The need to learn, taste, and perfect took her to the UK where she worked in renowned Cambridge Michelin Star restaurant Alimentum and the Hix Soho in London. On her return to Australia Giselle was employed at Pei Modern before coming to Punch Lane under Executive Chef Daniel Schelbert. As Punch Lane grew to include sister restaurant Saint.Urban Giselle became Head Chef of Punch Lane. Giselle’s hot tip when it comes to cooking: “Seasoning is everything!”