Chef of­fers healthy serve of in­spi­ra­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Burswood -

GUESTS en­joyed a tra­di­tional break­fast cooked by in­dige­nous chef Mark Olive, aka The Black Olive, at Crown Perth’s Abo­rig­i­nal Em­ploy­ment Com­mu­nity Day on Fri­day.

He was helped by Crown’s four Abo­rig­i­nal ap­pren­tice chefs while they and guests en­joyed the in­spi­ra­tional com­pany of Jack Man­ning Ban­croft, chief ex­ec­u­tive and founder of the Aus­tralian In­dige­nous Men­tor­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence (AIME).

Mr Ban­croft was named in Syd­ney’s Top 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple and in 2005, as a 19year-old uni­ver­sity stu­dent, founded the AIME pro­gram.

AIME in­cor­po­rated in 2008 and Mr Ban­croft be­came chief ex­ec­u­tive at 22. There are more than 40 schools, five uni­ver­si­ties, 500 in­dige­nous high school stu­dents and more than 500 uni­ver­sity vol­un­teers across NSW par­tic­i­pat­ing in AIME.

Mr Olive is a renowned in­dige­nous chef, cooking for more than 30 years es­tab­lish­ing an in­ter­na­tional fol­low­ing for his pas­sion for fus­ing na­tive Aus­tralian in­gre­di­ents with con­tem­po­rary cooking tech­niques to cre­ate a dy­namic and unique gas­tro­nomic phi­los­o­phy.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Celebrity chef Mark Olive, ap­pren­tice chefs Jonathon Kelly and Trent Franklyn-Smith and Aus­tralian In­dige­nous Men­tor­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence chief ex­ec­u­tive Jack Man­ning Ban­croft.

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