Top indigenous chef shares passion for food with Casino kids

COOKING LESSONS: Indigenous chef Mark Olive with Casino Public School students Maddison Smith, Madison Parker and Kirhys Walker.
COOKING LESSONS: Indigenous chef Mark Olive with Casino Public School students Maddison Smith, Madison Parker and Kirhys Walker. Contributed

MARK Olive, Australia's most celebrated indigenous chef and known as The Black Olive, visited Casino Public School on Monday, just over a week ago.

He spoke about his life and career as well as the indigenous food, herbs and spices he uses.

Mark has been cooking for more than 30 years and his charismatic style and creative approach to food have earnt him a reputation and a large following in Australia and around the world.

Mark has a passion for fusing native and indigenous Australian ingredients with contemporary cooking techniques.

As a Bundjalung man, Mark's family originated from the Northern Rivers.

He became interested in cooking as a child while watching his mother and aunts prepare meals.

Mark plans to establish an academy to train young indigenous people in food and cooking, influencing the next generation.

Topics:  cooking

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