The boys have been mates ever since Artie, 42, employed Johnny, 26, to work at his award-winning butcher shop - Nambour Plaza Meats – a few years ago.
Since then, Artie has inspired his young protégé to reach new culinary heights.
"I really started taking a liking to cooking when I was in high school," Johnny recalls. "But my passion for it grew when I met Artie. His love for food encouraged me to take it further."
Artie adds: "Food's always been a big part of my life. Being Mediterranean, i'’s who we are. Life’s about eating and enjoying food."
Both men take pride in the food they prepare and the meat they sell. Artie's butchery has been singled out for a Retail Excellence of the Year Award twice and his snags last year made the state finals of the Queensland Sausage King. My Kitchen Rules season 2 episode 1 online, download My Kitchen Rules season 2 episode 1 free