A SMALL Helena Valley producer has scooped a major prize at the 2016 Perth Royal Dairy Show for the mouthwatering gelato he makes in a shed in his backyard. Domenico Sabatino, best known as Mimmo, is pleased with the achievement in his third year of entering the competition.
His business, Mimmo’s Gourmet Gelato was named best small other dairy product maker and also won the Champion Gelato award for his Honeycomb Bliss.
Mimmo’s also won gold for its Cheesecake Meringue, Bacio and Red Velvet products.
Mimmo’s first entered in 2014 and won five silver awards, before winning eight silver last year and another six this year to go with its gold, champion and best awards.
He said his inspiration for the gelato came from neighbourhood children who asked him to make something using honey.
“I enjoy experimenting with flavours for young children,” he said.
“The children next door say, ‘can you make this, can you make that’ and they are my guinea pigs, I try out new flavours on them.”
Growing up in Italy, Mimmo learned his skills from Italian chefs.
“When I was nine years old I worked after school at a patisserie washing the dishes and watching the chefs creating amazing flavours,” he said.
“When you like what you do as a kid it stays with you your whole life.”
Mimmo came to Australia on holiday in 1984, met his future wife Teresa and stayed. He spent the next 20 years in the manufacturing industry before deciding to use his gelato making skills to build a business.
Mimmo said it took three days to create his award-wnning gelato and he made up to 500 litres a week in summer.
His products are available at Tubs Gourmet Gelato in Guildford, Embers in Kalamunda and Scoop Gelato and Crepes in Mundaring, as well as various restaurants across the state.
Other local producers to come out on top in the awards include York Ice Cream Co’s Jarrah Honey being named Champion Ice Cream. The company also won Gold for its Espresso ice cream, along with a string of silver awards.
BY SARAH BROOKES