Celebrity chef to whip up a storm at Bangamalanha Conference



Australian celebrity chef Mark Olive will bring vibrant colours and ancient outback flavours to this year’s Bangamalanha Conference in Dubbo.

Mr Olive, affectionately known as ‘The Black Olive’, was Australia’s first high profile Aboriginal chef. He hosts his own television series The Outback Café on the Lifestyle Network, makes regular appearances on Network Ten’s The Circle and even held his own Masterclass on MasterChef.

His famous outback flavours will be a highlight of the three-day Bangamalanha Conference, which aims to provide employers, educators and trainers with a better understanding of the importance of connecting with Aboriginal peoples.

“I attended last year’s Bangamalanha conference as guest speaker and I jumped at the chance to return at the invitation of the organising committee because it’s a great opportunity to promote our native foods,” Mr Olive said.

“My passion is cooking, sharing and promoting the amazing array of native bush foods that we have in our country. I’m looking forward to be being able to showcase this at the Bangamalanha Conference dinner.”

Mr Olive said the menu promises to be a “taste sensation, with our native foods the heroes.”

“People will be able to have a taste of kangaroo, emu as well as an assortment of our spices and fruits,” he said. “If you want to find out more, you will have to come along to the conference!”

Bangamalanha Conference Co-ordinator Tenesha Bell said Aboriginal artist and performer Lewis Burns had been appointed master of ceremonies for the conference, with other well-known guest speakers coming from Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland to participate.

“Last year’s inaugural conference was a great success,” Ms Bell said. “We had more than 160 delegates attend and made real progress in creating better outcomes for Aboriginal peoples and service providers.

“We want to continue to build on that momentum at this year’s conference, which is already shaping up as an important tool in closing the gap Aboriginal people face when it comes to education and employment.”

The Bangamalanha Conference will be held in Dubbo from October 26-28, with the conference dinner on October 27.

For information or tickets, email bangamalanha@tafensw.edu.au or call Tenesha on 026393 5943.