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Colin Fassnidge named Guest Chef for Sydney Royal's President's Medal

Posted on : 24 November 2017

Celebrity Sydney chef Colin Fassnidge has been announced as the Guest Chef and a Market Acceptance Judge for the upcoming President's Medal presented by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.

The President's Medal is Sydney Royal's “grand final” after 12 months of Food and Wine competitions presided over by domestic and international expert judges.

It recognises the best-of-the-best after a thorough examination of all the finalists, selected from among the Championship winning products from Sydney Royal competitions across 2017-18.

In 2017 the prestigious President's Medal was awarded to Victoria's Cobram Estate for its Champion Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2016 Ultra Premium Hojiblanca.   

Dublin-born Colin Fassnidge has forged a reputation for his no-nonsense approach as a judge on television’s My Kitchen Rules.

“I look forward to my involvement in the President’s Medal,” Colin said about the offer to join the Sydney Royal team as President’s Medal Guest Chef and Market Acceptance Judge.

“These people are top shelf in what they do and it will be great to be creative around their products”, he said.

Colin is the latest in a prestigious line of well-known chefs to accept the role as Guest Chef for the President's Medal.

In the past it has included Neil Perry, Matt Moran, Peter Doyle, Peter Gilmore, Justin North, Mark Best, David Clarke, Christine Manfield, James Viles and current Executive Chef, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, Tim Browne.

Sydney Royal Wine and Fine Food Committee Chair Lyndey Milan OAM welcomed Colin Fassnidge's acceptance of the President's Medal role.

“Colin is the perfect fit for the President's Medal”.

“He has a reputation for recoognising excellence and demanding the best and that is exactly what the President's Medal process is all about uncovering, excellence.

“Colin is known for his 'nose to tail' style in food preparation, so little goes to waste,” Lyndey Milan said.

As Guest Chef, Colin will evaluate the commercial attractiveness of the six President's Medal fianlists and select one of their products to design a dish around for the Awards Night to held during the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Colin will also be a guest speaker at the Awards Night and speak to the President's Medal selection process.

President's Medal finalists are rigorously evaluated on the triple bottom line including the quality, marketability, financial integrity and environmental sensitivity of their operations.


Roger White

Manager, Public Relations

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW

T: 02 9704 1453 M: 0478 092 425


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