Cooking modern Middle Eastern food Down Under, Greg Malouf has established his name around the world. Not surprisingly, the Melbourne chef is also a bit of a globetrotter. 'I was just in Iran recently. The country is amazing. I was there to do research for my fifth cookbook,' he said. Malouf, who started cooking at 97 (now Dolce Vita) some 25 years ago, is back in Hong Kong to update the menu at the two Olive establishments - in SoHo and at Elements (which formerly bore his name) - and serve as the Elgin Street venue's guest chef until Thursday next week. 'Any dish I create always derives from my travelling and the books I read on Middle Eastern regions. However, the cooking style here in Olive is slightly different from what I do in [my restaurant] MoMo Melbourne, as the ingredients available here are quite different from in Australia.' Naturally, anyone who travels as much as Malouf also has a bit of the nomadic spirit. And that seems to extend to his establishments. Even though MoMo was one of Melbourne's top outlets, the original space was taken over a couple of years ago. 'My old MoMo was closed and rented out to Jamie Oliver's Fifteen. But I reopened MoMo in February at a new location. I took a break and did lots of travelling. Now I want to get back to the kitchen, to reassure myself that I am on the right path of cooking.'