Comedian Ivan Aristeguieta lists Northcote pad that launched kitchen side gig

16/200 Westgarth St, Northcote - for herald sun real estate

The 16/200 Westgarth St, Northcote, kitchen that added a new flavor to comedian Ivan Aristeguieta’s entertainment repertoire.

Award-winning comedian and lockdown home chef Ivan Aristeguieta is selling the Northcote apartment that helped land him on one of Australia’s most popular cooking shows.

Aristeguieta won the best comedy award at last year’s Adelaide Fringe festival, and was nominated for the most outstanding show at the 2021 Melbourne Comedy Festival where he will have a show celebrating his recent Australian citizenship this year.

He has also appeared on TV shows including Have You Been Paying Attention spirit Hughesy We Have A Problem.

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Combining his comic capers with a passion for food during Melbourne lockdowns added a new flavor to his entertainment routines as he hosted live cooking shows from the confines of his 16/200 Westgarth St home’s kitchen.

“During lockdown I had to find a way to make money while I couldn’t go out and do shows, and my girlfriend, Alysha, said why not do some live cooking shows,” he said.

The simple idea came to fruition with a combination of three smartphones set up around the kitchen and a video meeting in which up to 120 participants tuned in for.

Ivan Aristeguieta knows what to serve to give his audience a full stomach or a belly laugh.

16/200 Westgarth St, Northcote - for herald sun real estate

The apartment is set halfway up the three-storey building in a convenient location.

Using ingredients purchased based on a shopping list he shared with them beforehand, they followed along at home so they could taste his culinary creation at the end.

The novel idea even helped earn him a place in the upcoming season of celebrity chef Adam Liaw’s SBS television series The Cook Up.

But with views across nearby Yarra Bend Park, it was the balcony where Aristeguieta and his girlfriend had their best dining experiences after he got a cast-iron grill and set up their own Korean barbecue space.

He said while they would miss the home’s impressive natural light, green views and convenient location a short walk from Fairfield’s popular Station St village, they were now hoping to upsize to a bigger apartment in Ivanhoe or Kew.

16/200 Westgarth St, Northcote - for herald sun real estate

The balcony became a private Korean barbecue spot for Aristeguieta and his partner.

16/200 Westgarth St, Northcote - for herald sun real estate

The home’s open-plan living spaces all receive plenty of natural light.

The unit shares the three-storey building with just 23 other apartments and a townhouse, which Mr Aristeguieta said meant it was easy to get to know all of the neighbors who had been lovely during his time in the building.

Aristeguieta has updated the property since buying it in 2018, adding terracotta tiles to the balcony, updating the floorboards and adding feature walls for a bit of colour.

She Sells Real Estate director Jodie J Hill said in addition to the home’s culinary capacity, buyers would be impressed by balcony views that captured nearby parkland and a location that had dining and shopping destinations within walking distance.

The Grandview Hotel where celebrated funnyman Dave O’Neil has regularly hosted Comedy Funhouse stand-up events is also a short walk away.

16/200 Westgarth St, Northcote - for herald sun real estate

This apartment kitchen helped earn its owner a spot on a top cooking show.

Two date buyers have inquired from the local area, and one has inspected via video chat from France.

Ms Hill added that a custom-made kitchen table and chairs at the apartment could also be included in the sale, for the right price.

The next owner might also get a few cooking tips from Aristeguieta, who suggested a balcony barbecue for an Argentinian-style steak night with a Venezuelan touch would help them settle into the home.


– Combine some good olive oil and vinegar to make a base for a chimichurri sauce.

Add chopped parsley, dried oregano, some chilli, salt and garlic to the liquid ingredients and mix thoroughly.

– Don’t mince or chop these ingredients too finely, as the goal is for something between a vinaigrette and a salsa.

– Rather than potatoes, look for some cassava root (which has a slightly nutty flavour), that can usually be found frozen at an Asian grocery store, to add some Venezuelan flavour.

– Peel and chop the cassava if this hasn’t already been done, then boil it until soft.

– Cover the pieces with the chimichurri sauce and you have a great Argentinian side dish with a Venezuelan touch.

– After that, all you need is a nice piece of steak and a bit of time on the barbecue.

Aristeguieta’s 16/200 Westgarth St, Northcote, apartment has a $600,000-$660,000 asking price and goes to auction at 11am February 11.

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