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Colin Fassnidge explains why the restaurant industry in Australia is doomed

Colin Fassnidge explains why Australia’s restaurant industry is doomed – and reveals who’s REALLY to blame for staff shortages

Colin Fassnidge has issued an ominous warning about the state of Australia’s restaurant industry, saying the country has a “bad reputation” internationally.

The Dublin-born chef, 48, who has a restaurant at the Banksia Hotel in Sydney, says it’s a ‘difficult time’ to be in the restaurant business due to ‘rising prices’ and the policies hostile to immigrant workers.

Speaking to Samantha Armytage on her Something to Talk About podcast, the My Kitchen Rules judge explained: “Everyone was cooking in [Covid] confinement. We even started an online cooking business, which took off.

Colin Fassnidge (pictured) has issued an ominous warning about the state of Australia’s restaurant industry, saying the country has a ‘bad reputation’ internationally

“So people were very interested in how to cook, what ingredients [to use]and how to get it,” he continued.

“I just opened a restaurant in town and it’s packed. But we see the price of food going up.

“The cost of oil for our fryers and butter is going up. Everything is so expensive now. We therefore pass on this increase to our customers.

“I don’t know what the next six months will look like, but it’s not looking good.”

The Dublin-born chef, 48, who has a restaurant at the Banksia Hotel in Sydney, says it’s a ‘difficult time’ to be in the restaurant business due to ‘rising prices’ and the policies hostile to immigrant workers. (Photograph with Manu Feildel and Pete Evans in a promotional photo for My Kitchen Rules)

Fassnidge also spoke about the staffing shortage affecting many industries across Australia.

He blamed the lack of workers squarely on former Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who deported many temporary visa holders during the pandemic.

‘Shout out to ScoMo: All the staff who came from all over the world, who had visas, who paid taxes like everyone else – when the pandemic hit they kicked them out and they’re not coming back,’ he said. he declares.

“Australia has a bad reputation now.”

Fassnidge also noted that there is a “huge market” for home cooking after Covid and people are “fed up with chefs”.

Channel Seven recently released a trailer for new reality show Kitchen Nightmares Australia

Colin, who is set to take over as host for the new season of Kitchen Nightmares Australia, added that Aussies are ‘extremely spoiled’ when it comes to food and are ‘come back to bite’. [the restaurant industry] in the ass’.

“A lettuce is $11 now, and the price of meat has skyrocketed. You can’t have a beef tenderloin unless you make a million dollars a year. Even fish is expensive,” he said.

“Everything goes up, with droughts, with floods. If you don’t eat nose to tail, you’re wasting the animal. You have to eat it all.

“We need to look at different ways to eat less meat and more vegetables too. Or it’ll be too expensive for families to eat.

Fassnidge, 48, tries to rescue failing restaurants and steer them to success

Despite his success as a TV personality and chef, he even admitted he was worried about how he was going to pay his mortgage during the pandemic.

Fassnidge is the new host of Channel Seven’s Kitchen Nightmares Australia.

The show follows the famous Irish chef as he tries to save failing restaurants and lead them to success.

The Kitchen Nightmares format was made famous in the UK and America by moody British chef Gordon Ramsay (pictured)

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