A fire around a pizza oven has damaged one of MasterChef judge George Calombaris' Melbourne restaurants.
Around 170 people fled St Katherine's in Kew on Friday when the fire erupted around the outside of the wood-fired pizza oven.
Firefighters spent three hours dousing the smokey blaze as it spread into an upstairs storeroom and roof, causing significant damage.
Melbourne Fire Brigade Commander Frank Stockton thanked staff at the Middle Eastern restaurant for getting everyone out safely without injury.
The restaurant will be closed over the Father's Day weekend due to smoke damage.
No opening date has been announced.