Taste Tour Guides - Patrick
Meet Patrick - Guide
Patrick hails from Cabramatta, Sydney, New South Wales and he'd love to take you on a delicious Cabramatta Delights tour or a Taste of Chinatown tour!
What are your interests/hobbies?
I’m passionate about long distance running and enjoy a good book to keep me company.
What are your favourite cuisines/foods?
My favourite cuisine would have to be Vietnamese. Its freshness is revitalising compared to the junk that litters food courts and supermarket shelves.
What is something you could not live without in the kitchen/pantry?
Soy sauce and green onions. The two are absolutely fantastic to flavour leftovers and make fried rice.
How did you find out about Taste Food Tours?
I worked on numerous occasions for Fairfield City Council as a volunteer and have been active in the Cabramatta community and was recommended by the council staff.
Why did you decide to join the Taste adventure?
I’m a social butterfly and love meeting new people as well as helping out the community I reside in. So naturally, Taste provided a perfect avenue in achieving that passion.
What skills, knowledge and opportunities has this experience brought you?
Being a food tour guide is my first paying job and subsequently has given me with a strong work ethic and honing my interpersonal skills in dealing with customers.
What are you enjoying the most about being a tour guide for Taste?
I enjoy being able to tell the cultural history of the area and the personal stories that come along with the migrant journey.
How do you think Taste makes a difference (both to the local community and the customers)?
Taste provides an enriching cultural immersion into many pockets of migrant suburbs and facilitates the information that is provided to deter ignorance and spread cultural awareness and ultimately tolerance of others. For local businesses owned by migrants themselves, their resources are limited compared to corporations. Taste steps in to provide their restaurant with customers and ultimately boost the local economy.
What else do you do when you’re not a tour guide?
I regularly work with the local council in event management for cultural festivals such as the Cabramatta Moon Festival and attending the University of Technology Sydney as a student.