Stefano de Pieri was born in Treviso, near Venice. He migrated to Australia in his late teens and attended Sydney Road Community School whilst working for an Italian Left organisation called Filef. He dabbled with food, attended the University of Melbourne, studying politics, worked as an advisor to various State Labor ministers in the 1980s, lost pre-selection to the Pledge, moved to Mildura via marriage, established Stefano’s restaurant, appeared on the successful Gondola on the Murray ABC television program, established Arts Mildura, served on La Trobe University Council representing regional interests, and was awarded last year Legend status in The Age Good Food Guide. Stefano has a conflicted position on agriculture and food. Stefano is a patron of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies.