Food van innovator prepares for Elton
ALICIA NALLY said. “It is a really great way to be involved in the food industry and even people with fixed food businesses are tapping into it.”
Some food van operators are chefs, others have only minimal training in food.
The 50-year-old former owner of Fresco Pasta makes and sells lasagne, penne bolognese and gluten free and vegan pasta options as part of his business.
“Catering for people’s dietary options is very important to me because I can’t eat gluten either,” Mr Harris said.
“I like providing food that people enjoy and that looks good on the plate. In my spare time I’m an artist so cooking is very creative for me.
“When I was at school, I had the opportunity to work in a restaurant in Manchester and I started out working in silver service and learnt all aspects of the job.”
Tonight, the Mooroobool resident will be not far from home, turning out food for 25,000 hungry concertgoers at the Elton John concert at Cazalys Stadium.
“It’s exciting, but scary too,” Mr Harris said.
“I don’t know how busy we’re going to be. We heard about Mackay running out of food and we don’t want to be like that. This is the biggest thing to hit Cairns, certainly in the 28 years I’ve lived here.
“The pressure to be able to supply food quickly and deliver it to people in minimal waiting time will be huge.”
TASTY OFFERING: Caterer Graham Harris of Pasta La Vista Baby. Picture: BRENDAN RADKE