When it comes to mealtime at the Rickit household, it’s often the kids in charge - and if 10 year old Oliver has anything to say about it, he’s at the chopping board making lasagne, curries...or shepherd’s pie, a dish he first made at age 6. “I’ve kinda just got it in my blood.” Inspired by his grandfather, who was a chef in the Airforce, Oliver is a shining example of what passion set on fire looks like at a young age. His passion for cooking knows no end, from foraging the local forests for nuts and mushrooms, to perfecting a roux and practicing his knife and presentation skills. Oliver is obsessed with the entire process of making delicious food from scratch. He talks about cooking with a knowledge, maturity and confidence of someone much older.
Oliver is quite clear on his future career, he wants to be a chef. This is what prompted him to enter the Garden to Table Root to Tip cooking competition
with his friend Nathan. The competition is designed to get kids inspired to cook creatively with seasonal fruits and vegetables whilst also minimizing
waste.When asked what would be his favourite food to make at his restaurant in the future he replied “pizza and flatbreads” without hesitation. Oliver
loves watching MasterChef and follows their movements and preparation techniques carefully. His skill has matured to the point where he has gotten
the base recipes down pat and is now trying out different combinations of flavours and getting creative.