Celebrity chef Elizabeth Chong has cooked up the sale for her Richmond home, where she lived for 22 years.
The Chinese cuisine expert, whose father is credited for popularising the dim sim, sold her three-bedroom townhouse sold for $1.5 million.
Six bidders pushed the price $200,000 above reserve at the hot auction, before a young professional couple secured the keys.
Ms Chong said she was “extremely happy and excited” by the result for 2/28 Abinger St, where she’d hosted famous friends including Bert and Patti Newton and cooking school students.
She congratulated buyer Anna, who chose not to give her last name.
Anna said winning the keys ended a three year search for a home with her husband, after they moved to Melbourne from Queensland.
“It was the open and welcoming feel of the place that we loved, which has been hard to find in townhouses,” Anna said.
“We thought living here was perfect for a couple and big enough for future plans too.”
Ms Chong has taught more than 35,000 Aussies to cook Chinese cuisine since 1961 and appeared on Good Morning Australia in the 1990s and 2000s.
She bought the Richmond townhouse for $320,000 in 1997 according to CoreLogic.
The 88-year-old said it was time to downsize to a single-storey home, although she was yet to find something on the market she liked.
She had loved being in the “middle of Richmond” and near Victoria St, where her daughter Angie hosts food tours.
The open-plan living room, which was filled with natural northern light, had been great for entertaining, she added.
“As I love cooking, it’s no problem for me to host events, whether it’s Christmas, Chinese New Year, anybody’s birthday, Mother’s Day — it’s been a good place to gather,” Ms Chong said.
Jellis Craig Richmond director Elliot Gill said young couples hoping to stay in Richmond, downsizers and investors had been interested in the property.
He said the 25-year-old building had been well-maintained and was ready to move into.