Mark Olive

Mark Olive

Mark Olive, aka ‘The Black Olive’, has been a chef for over 25 years and has become a well know Australian celebrity with his charismatic style and creative approach to food, starring in his own television series ‘The Outback Cafe’ and a host of cooking, lifestyle and travel shows nationally and globally.

I’m passionate about fusing native food and culture with contemporary lifestyle cooking which has led to a huge international profile specialising in gourmet Australian Indigenous cuisine.

I’m a Bundjalung man, with my family originating from the Northern Rivers region in NSW. Born in Wollongong I became interested in cooking as a child, watching my mother and aunts prepare meals. I’ve trained under a European chef and have worked in a number of kitchens ranging from theatres, universities, health services, film sets and in a lá carte restaurants around the globe, before establishing my own business in 2008.

I create native infused designed menus regularly for clients such as Tourism Australia (TA) at large corporate, public and cultural events around the country and the world, bringing my signature infusions of contemporary outback flavours to every occasion.



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