PanChef – simple, delicious and nutritious recipes to enjoy
The PanChef series, hosted by pancreatic cancer survivor Tino, features recipes full of flavour and ingredients to help support the nutritional health of people affected by upper gastrointestinal cancers – which include pancreatic, liver, stomach, biliary and oesophageal cancer. These cancers, and their treatment can change how your digestive system functions, the management of these changes is important for nutritional health, your recovery and overall sense of wellbeing. Over five episodes Tino, with his infectious enthusiasm and passion for food, shares delicious, nutritious, and simple recipes to inspire and motivate others living with upper GI cancer.
Trained chef, business owner, family man, and pancreatic cancer survivor Tino is passionate about celebrating food, flavour and eating well when living with an upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancer. His desire to share ways to continue to enjoy the daily pleasure of eating and connecting through delicious food at mealtimes, led to the development of the wonderful PanChef series.
Tino Tabacchiera , understands firsthand the complexities and challenges of an upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancer diagnosis. Cancer, its treatment, and side effects can affect how you live every day.
The five recipes in this engaging series are full of flavour and nutrients and we hope that they encourage you to enjoy your time in the kitchen to gain pleasure from the foods you consume. The PanChef series celebrates hope, food, flavour and eating well.
LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN (Episode 1)
This succulent roast chicken dish is packed full of flavour. It is rich in nutrients and protein and is the perfect meal to sit down and enjoy with the entire family! Seconds please!
Passionate foodie and pancreatic cancer survivor Tino, shares his favourite simple, delicious, and nutritious recipes. Through this inspiring series, Tino demonstrates that eating can remain a daily pleasure and that those affected by upper GI cancer can continue to enjoy their food and connecting with others at mealtime.
It is common for people with an upper gastrointestinal cancer to struggle to maintain weight. Cancer, its treatment, and side effects can make it hard to take in, digest and absorb nutrients from food. Chemotherapy can also impact tastebuds and smell. This uplifting series aims to inspire and encourage people living with an upper GI cancer to get creative with their meals and continue to enjoy the daily pleasure of eating well.
EPISODE 2. Coming in September!
Disclaimer: Please speak with your treating team or Pancare Foundation about referral to a Dietitian for further dietary information and advice. Information provided by Pancare Foundation is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or other health care services.
Tino Tabacchiera is a passionate foodie. His love of food was nurtured by his mum who was able to make delicious Italian meals from very few ingredients. He spent many happy hours in the kitchen in his youth helping prepare enormous family lunches and dinners.
At the age of 16, Tino started his professional cooking career as a 1st year apprentice in a busy South Yarra bistro, where he started to acquire the skills and techniques to prepare him for over 20 years in hospitality. Throughout his career Tino remained influenced by his mum’s cooking style – dishes that were simple but full of flavour.
Although Tino ultimately moved into a professional career in real estate he remained passionate about good food, and the joy of bringing people together over a meal.
Cooking up the PanChef concept
When Tino was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2020, he experienced firsthand the struggles people living with upper gastrointestinal cancers face when managing and maintaining weight and adjusting to the impacts of cancer treatment. He was motivated to create a series of flavourful recipes that can be enjoyed by those living with upper GI cancer. The uplifting PanChef series was created as Tino sought to bring the pleasures of mealtime to Australian’s impacted by upper GI cancer.
Tino shares his mealtimes with his loving family. Tino is married to an amazing woman who has been a great support throughout the past 20 years, has two wonderful daughters who he is extremely proud of, and is grandfather to the most amazing boy.
He is also a die-hard Melbourne Football Club supporter and loves his music.