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January 30, 2020

The Australian Turf Club (ATC) welcomes renowned chef and Channel 7’s, My Kitchen Rules (MKR) judge, Colin Fassnidge as the new feature chef partner for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, taking place from 14 March – 18 April 2020 across Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens.

The popular Irishman will curate a bespoke menu for The Conservatory in the esteemed corporate and VIP hospitality precinct, The Estate at Royal Randwick, as well as a luxurious three-course meal for the inaugural Pink Fashion Lunch held in support of the McGrath Foundation on the first day of Autumn Racing – Chandon Ladies Day, Saturday 14 March at Rosehill Gardens.

Some of Fassnidge’s signature dishes will be experienced at Royal Randwick’s The Conservatory within The Estate – a light, modern and luxurious trackside precinct, where guests are entertained within a vibrant-glass walled environment with uninterrupted views of the track across The Championships and Schweppes All Aged Stakes Day, creating the ultimate VIP raceday experience.

Trained by esteemed French Chef Raymond Blanc, Fassnidge moved to Australia in 1999 and secured key roles at some of Sydney’s most acclaimed restaurants. He was Executive Chef of two-hatted restaurants; The Four in Hand Dining Room and more recently hatted restaurant 4Fourteen. Colin joined Channel 7 as a guest judge on MKR in 2012 and has since been a staple personality on the popular show returning for 2020.

Fassnidge said he was thrilled to curate a special menu for guests at both Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens featuring some of his most iconic dishes and using his nose to tail cooking approach to treat racegoers.

“I’ve lived in this beautiful country for over 20 years, and being an Irishman, I naturally love the races so to be able to work with the Australian Turf Club at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens this Autumn is very exciting for me.

“This opportunity allows me to use the best of seasonal produce and showcase my cooking style to racegoers at this year’s Autumn Carnival, where you’ll see new autumn-inspired dishes and some hearty classics come to life trackside,” said Fassnidge.

Corina Black, ATC Executive General Manager of Commercial, said that the ATC is delighted to work with Colin to further create a lavish hospitality experience for racing fans to enjoy across the six-week Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

“We’re delighted to be working with MKR’s Colin Fassnidge, who will no doubt bring our corporate and VIP menus a new and flavoursome flair for this year’s Autumn Carnival.

“Colin will also be designing the menu for our new Pink Fashion Lunch in support of the McGrath Foundation on Chandon Ladies Day which will feature an exquisite pink dessert.

“Sydney is known for great cuisine and we’re excited to offer Colin’s incredible chef talents to our esteemed trackside guests at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens this Autumn.”

For more information or to experience Colin Fassnidge’s hospitality in The Conservatory or Pink Fashion Lunch in support of the McGrath Foundation, please visit

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