Meet Nick

About

Name: Nick Filsell

Position: Head Chef/Director

Company: Lost In A Forest

Anything that celebrates diversity and the bringing together of all cultures through the medium of food strikes at the heart of what it is to me to be Australian.

What is your cultural background?

I was born in Melbourne to a Cornish migrant mother and fifth generation Australian father.

How has Australia’s diverse culture impacted the foods you cook?

The diversity you experience in kitchens opens you up to flavours and table cultures you may otherwise never have experienced. Adding diversity to a kitchen is like adding more colours to an artist’s palette. It gives you more scope and more range and a greater understanding of how other cultures and other families interact around food.

What role does food play in bringing people and cultures together?

It is the greatest mediator of all time. Food is a language unto itself. It is equal in its welcome to all. The culture of the table is one of togetherness and sharing.

What changing trends have you noticed in the culinary landscape over the last 10 years?

Trends come and go but substance stays. There has been molecular, the minimalist, the artesian manifesto, cooking with fire. Healthy eating is now a massive highlight of what is being asked for by the market and a huge growth in sustainability awareness has been great for the industry.

Why should Australians get involved in A Taste of Harmony?

Anything that celebrates diversity and the bringing together of all cultures through the medium of food strikes at the heart of what it is to me to be Australian. Accepting, welcoming, engaged, and prepared to try new things to better oneself.

Anything that celebrates diversity and the bringing together of all cultures through the medium of food strikes at the heart of what it is to me to be Australian.

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