Perth, Western Australia
Kailis Fish Market Cafe
Born into a Greek fishing family in Perth, Manifis moved north to the coastal Pilbara town of Onslow when he was one, when his parents bought the local seafood factory. Until the age of 11, the Manifises – Peter, his two older brothers, and their parents – lived in a three-bedroom house behind the factory and were around fish “breakfast, lunch and dinner”. Manifis took baths in fish tubs. His father established prawn fisheries in Australia and overseas. His mother could peel a kilo of prawns in a minute.
While Manifis’s two older brothers became commercial fishermen, Peter maintained a connection to the sea via cooking. After sharpening his skills at Alain Fabregues’s legendary Loose Box in Mundaring, Manifis ran the kitchen at South Perth’s InContro, where he established a reputation as an innate seafood cook. Although the restaurant closed in 2016, Manifis has remained involved in the food industry as a consultant for projects throughout the state. The relaunch of Kailis Fish Market Cafe in Fremantle later this year, however, represents Manifis’s re-entry into the cooking world as well as a changing of the guard.