A TAFE NSW cookery teacher has been the recipient of an OAM in this
year's Australia Day honours list.
For over 20 years John Rankins, 76, has taught the next generation of
chefs in the Blue Mountains area. This has been in addition to his own
career in the local hospitality industry, which dates back to 1971
when he opened his first restaurant, the Brown Horse Inn, at Wentworth
Falls. He has also worked at other venues in the area, including the
iconic Grand View Hotel.
Throughout his 45-year career as a professional foodie, John's
passion for food and cookery has never wavered. It's something that
he's always passed on to his TAFE students. John admits that sometimes
it's been difficult getting young people interested in a career in
hospitality, mainly because it involves long hours and a lot of night work.
"They don't have enough enthusiasm to go into the
industry," he told the Blue Mountains Gazette. "But
they should. If they do, they'd never be short of work."
John has been both humbled and surprised by the award. "I can
think of about 10 other people more worthy than me, but I'm a bit
humbled about it," he said. "If the people in the Mountains
think I was worthy, that's good."