John is of the Gamaliel people from the Bathurst NSW. John started his career at the Ayres Rock Resort where he was able to explain his cultural to visitors.
He has seen the National Indigenous Culinary Institutes program as an excellent way to continue and broaden his cookery skills by working in Australia’s top restaurants.
John says “the combination of excellent professional training and working in elite restaurants will set us fellas up for success into the future”
Matt Moran from Aria is John’s NICI Culinary Guardian. So far John has found working at Aria in lighting and has enjoyed gaining new skills and has found himself a valued member of the Aria team.
John has a dream of one day opening his own restaurant and would like to employ people from his community and try and raise the culinary skills of Indigenous people.
He would like to use his experience with this program to motivate other Indigenous people to become successful in the hospitality industry and forge a career for themselves.