SO WHAT’S COOKING, COLIN
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.”
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“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