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AFC Asian Cup 2015
Marion Grasby
Marion Grasby
This year’s Celebrity Cook is Marion Grasby, former MasterChef contestant, current star of her own show Marion’s Thailand and founder of popular product range, Marion’s Kitchen. 

Marion’s creative flair with Asian flavours mixed with her penchant for classic European technique and a calm kitchen presence impressed the judges and celebrity chef guests alike.

Marion even won a celebrity challenge against Movida’s Frank Camorra and was singled out by Heston Blumenthal as the best performer during a MasterChef challenge in the UK. 

On Saturday 6 July at Bankstown Bites, you will be able to see Marion demonstrating the skills that made her a viewers favourite.

CLICK HERE to check out the dishes that Marion will demonstrate at Bankstown Bites. However, you really have to be there on the day to learn all of the tricks of the trade and to see Marion’s passion for food come alive. 

Sahar Elsemary
Sahar arrived in Australia, from Egypt, in 1997. She is a Bankstown local, President of the Banksia Road Public School P&C and is passionate about sharing her knowledge of food and the local culture. She enjoys meeting new people and became a Taste Tour guide in 2011. She now guides tours, runs cooking classes and has her own catering business, Sasa’s Corner.

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Suzanne Leonard
Suzanne is the Community Coordinator at the Bankstown Multicultural Service social enterprise café, Peppertree. She trained as a chef in Ireland, working in fine dining restaurants before starting her own café. Suzanne moved to Australia 4 years ago, studied, and added community development to her vast repertoire of skills. She now combines her love of food with community services, working with and training young people at Peppertree. 

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Teo Phimphisane

Teo arrived in Australia in 1978 from a refugee camp in Nong Khai Thailand. . Teo volunteers at the Lao Buddhist Temple Wat Phrayortkeo Dhammayanaram in Bonnyrigg every week, cooking traditional meals for the monks and visitors at celebrations which can have up to 200 people attending. Teo joined Taste Food Tour in 2012, running Lao cooking classes and guiding tours in Bonnyrigg and Fairfield.

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Tanya Ireland
Tanya is a Year 10 student at East Hills Girls High School.

She is currently studying the core subjects as well as the three elective subjects of Industrial Technology, Food Technology and Electronics.

She has gained experience in the hospitality and business industries that has encouraged her to further her studies in these areas. One day she hopes to own her own restaurant.

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