Food van in­no­va­tor pre­pares for El­ton

The Weekend Post - - Business -

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

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