Mr Fassnidge, along with Sydney burger mogul Will Lovehill, shared expert knowledge and inspiration with the school’s Year 11 Hospitality students.
The chefs coached the students on modern food trends, and shared their experiences following their passions and running their own businesses.
Mr Fassnidge is the Executive Chef of 4Fourteen and current restaurateur of Banksia Bistro, but is perhaps best known for his work on My Kitchen Rules. Mr Lovehill is owner of the Chur Burger franchise, recently voted best burger in Sydney, and has formerly worked at the famous Aria and Pink Salt Restaurants.
These two amazing celebrity chefs … are shining examples for the college’s budding future chefs
They met with students in the college’s modern Technological & Applied Studies (TAS) building, which opened earlier this year, and were said to be very impressed with the new commercial kitchens, which are fully on-par with industry standards. The stainless-steel space features a large walk-in cool room, combi oven, commercial mixer, commercial dishwasher, and an espresso coffee machine.
The build-up for the special visit was described as “extremely exciting”, and on the day students were said to be star struck, but fully engaged throughout the entire morning session.
They emphasised the need for students to take advantage of the wonderful resources available to them, whatever their culinary interest might be.
Students were particularly impressed by a blue cheese and white chocolate combination, which was described as “exceptional” and was a real talking point.
“My motto for students is ‘give everything you do your best, put your heart and soul into it, and you will always succeed’,” said Hospitality teacher, Nita Panagio, who organised the visit.
“These two amazing celebrity chefs have done exactly that and are shining examples for the college’s budding future chefs.”
She added that students and staff were very grateful to both chefs for taking time out of their busy schedules.