Ryan is of the Anaiwan people from NSW Northern Tablelands region. Ryan’s culture means everything to him and is proud that his ancestors were the first people to discover and inhabit Australia.
Ryan’s mother is a Student Support Officer at the University of New England’s Oorala Aboriginal Centre. Ryan has been extremely active in representing his community in the area of sports. He was chosen to be part of Australian Rugby’s Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development team where he made the NSW rugby union team. Ryan was also part of Football NSW’s Harry Williams Indigenous Talent Identification Program.
His role model is his aboriginal teacher at Armidale City Public School Mr. Bill WIdders. Ryan decided to take part in the National Indigenous Culinary Institute, as he loves food and thought this would be a great opportunity for him especially coming for a small community in regional NSW where there aren’t many opportunities.
Ryan is looking forward to the amazing feeling he will get when he has a qualified trade behind him which will be able to take him anywhere is the world. Ryan’s NICI Culinary Guardian is Michael McMahon of Catalina and in 5-10 years he would like to be working in a restaurant in California.