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SSC Newspaper : October 2015
ON A SWEET NOTE BY GARIMA SHARMA ubbed the “dessert king” in this year’s MasterChef Australia, 21-year-old Reynold Poernomo wooed the judges with inventive desserts. His creations, such as “forbidden D MAYOR’S MESSAGE It’s the 21st century and more and more people regularly visit restaurants instead of cooking and eating at home. So much so, in fact, that some modern homes have no kitchen at all. With this trend in mind, food festivals such as Strathfield’s are becoming very popular. Everyone can enjoy a variety of food from Strathfield’s precinct of colourful outlets. In particular, there are many top-quality Asian flavours including Korean, Chinese, Indian and Vietnamese. We are justly proud of our multicultural flavours. And our food festival is the perfect showcase for our talented chefs and restaurant workers. The Strathfield Food Festival is part of Good Food Month, a celebration of culinary skills. This year, our demonstration kitchen stars will be the MasterChef Australia 2015 “dessert king” Reynold Poernomo, and our very own Kumar Mahadevan, who has run his restaurant, Abhi’s, in North Strathfield for an amazing 25 years. I believe the Strathfield Food Festival is one of the Inner West’s great events. Bring the family and enjoy an array of sumptuous delights on Sunday, October 25. fruit”, an “apple” made from frozen chocolate mousse dipped in ganache and red cocoa butter, raised the bar for desserts on the popular TV cooking show and judges Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston declared themselves “gobsmacked”. Indonesian-born Poernomo will be a headline act at this year’s Strathfield Food Festival, giving a masterclass and live cooking demonstrations. With more than 66,000 Instagram followers and 61,000 Facebook likes, Reynold has a big social media presence, regularly posting videos and photos. “My all-time favourite chef and the whole reason for my food dream is Alinea by Grant Achatz. Pliable chocolate dessert captivated me and from there I saw cooking in a different light,” he wrote on Facebook. When he was six years old, Reynold moved to Australia with his parents, who now run Art Plate patisserie in Concord. He was drawn to cooking from an early age, however his parents were against him becoming a chef. “The culinary industry is tough. Growing up, my mother wasn’t really there for me because she worked all the time. When I got home, sometimes there was food, sometimes there wasn’t. My brother works in this industry, too, and so my parents think that this is a tough field,” Reynold said in an interview with The Jakarta Post. Unfazed by his family’s reluctance, he started cooking at 14 as a hobby, following tips from cookbooks and the internet. His parents allowed him to work as a kitchen hand and delivery driver for the family business. His girlfriend encouraged him to enter MasterChef while he was studying at the University of Western Sydney. “At first I didn’t want to because I wasn’t so sure that I’d be in. But once I was in, I realised food had always been a thing I wanted to do and it’s my dream,” said Reynold. On the show, he quickly became a favourite with the chefs and audiences, who were disappointed when he was eliminated in the semi-finals. Post MasterChef, Reynold did a stint at the molecular restaurant Gastro Park in Potts Point and he is not far from achieving his dream of opening his own dessert bar. Reynold told broadsheet.com.au he would be opening a restaurant with his brothers Ronald and Arnold in the new Kensington Street development in Central Park, Sydney. Reynold said the restaurant, due to open in November, would serve a range of affordable sweet treats, cocktails and savoury dishes prepared by chef Arnold. “It will be fine-dining desserts at an affordable price and in a casual environment,” he said. “The second floor is going to be lounges, a bar, a small, chilled-out space. On the bottom floor there will be a patisserie-style cafe.” Reynold Poernomo (below); forbidden fruit (left) SAY NO TO AMALGAMATION PUBLIC RALLY 12 noon, Saturday 10th October Strathfield Town Centre BETTER BIGGER ISN’T Tell the NSW government you DON’T want; To take on the debt of other councils Your rates to rise Services to be reduced For developers to be in control To have less say about what happens in your area www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au #StrathfieldSaysNo #stopamalgamation YOUR LAST CHANCE TO FIGHT! THIS IS FREE ” in INK 21-ye FOR OUR RIGHTS RALLY