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CELEBRITY chef Colin Fass­nidge wouldn’t miss Taste Port Dou­glas.

As a reg­u­lar of the event, he knows what to ex­pect – a lovely stay in FNQ, a great catch up with old mates, and a fan­tas­tic food event.

“You could be away at fes­ti­vals ev­ery week­end if you wanted to, so you have to pick and choose,” the My Kitchen Rules judge told the Gazette.

“It’s a credit to Spencer [Pa­trick], he’s got a qual­ity line-up. You could go to a lot of fes­ti­vals but they aren’t as good.”

At the top level of culi­nary recog­ni­tion, the chefs know each other and hang out to­gether quite a bit. So any fes­ti­val is a chance to shoot the breeze, dis­cussing things like the prices of pro­duce and other mat­ters of trade.

As for the cook­ing, it’s not com­pet­i­tive on the whole, “though one or two might take it that way”, Fass­nidge reck­ons.

“I think ev­ery­one wishes the best for ev­ery­one else at some­thing like this and they’re out to help each other and have a laugh,” the Ir­ish­man said. “It shouldn’t be too se­ri­ous.”

Talk­ing about se­ri­ous, all the pun­ters are ex­perts now, aren’t they? And of course TripAd­vi­sor is stalk­ing ev­ery es­tab­lish­ment ...

“Yeah, well, like the TV show I’m on, it eggs peo­ple on to be bet­ter cooks,” he laughed.

But Fass­nidge said the good thing about the now wide­spread ap­pre­ci­a­tion of food and the fact that peo­ple know their way around a kitchen means that kids are com­ing up to him to ask about recipes and get started on cook­ing.

“I’ve spon­sored a few young peo­ple who can’t cook at all, and I think ‘how did that hap­pen?’

“To be hon­est, cook­ing’s not re­ally that hard. You learn the basics and you can just keep ex­pand­ing, and that’s what we do.”

For his own demon­stra­tion at Taste, Fass­nidge likes to go with the flow.

“I try and leave it a lit­tle bit open so when I get there I can chop and change – I ac­tu­ally work bet­ter that way.”

A pre­vi­ous Taste Port Dou­glas with Massimo Mele, Ian Curly, Spencer Pa­trick and Colin Fass­nidge

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