Portrait of Matt Moran by Vincent Fantauzzo Wins Packing Room Prize 2011

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SYDNEY.- Melbourne artist Vincent Fantauzzo has been awarded the Packing Room Prize in conjunction with the 2011 Archibald Prize for his portrait of celebrity chef, Matt Moran. Matt Moran is now a household name from his appearances on television cooking shows including MasterChef, The Chopping Block and My Restaurant Rules. Moran and his business partner Peter Sullivan own two of Australia’s premier restaurants: ARIA in Sydney and in Brisbane. He is also the author of two cookbooks. “Matt is one of my best friends. I’ve known him for years,” says Fantauzzo. Fantauzzo experimented with numerous different poses before settling on this one. “Some of them looked a bit sinister with the knife and meat.” Fantauzzo chose to surround Moran with meat. “He grew up on a dairy farm, he has a lamb business and he’s very into fresh produce and meat. It’s a bit intense, I suppose, if you’re a vegetarian.” Born in England