Mark Olive, aka ‘The Black Olive’, has been a chef for over 25 years and has become a well know Australian celebrity with his charismatic style and creative approach to food, starring in his own television show, ‘The Outback Cafe’, and a host of cooking, lifestyle and travel shows nationally and globally. Mark’s passion for fusing native food and culture with modern lifestyle cooking has led to a huge international profile, and the creation of Black Olive Catering, an indigenous catering company in North Melbourne, Victoria.
It was in 2008 that a long-term partnership of talented chefs established Black Olive Catering, specialising in Mark’s contemporary use of indigenous products. Together they bring over 40 years of experience in the food and restaurant industries.
Mark and the team at Black Olive Catering designed their menu to create new flavours based on the herbs, fruits and meats indigenous to Australia i.e. crocodile, emu, kangaroo, lemon myrtle, bush tomato and wattleseed, to name a few. All the native produce is sourced via projects which promote the Australian Native Food Industry, by developing a network of production sites within traditional Aboriginal communities. Black Olive Catering is now the sole Victorian distributor of this Outback Pride range of bush foods.
Discover the ancient flavours and foods that Indigenous Australians have known about for centuries, by booking Black Olive Catering for your next function, and receive the very highest quality in “Australian made” food and service.
Black Olive Catering’s core objectives are to:
- build a sustainable, environmentally conscious business that delivers excellence in indigenous food production, customer service and entertainment;
- attract, employ, support, train and retain Aboriginal people to deliver excellence in hospitality and tourism; and to
- increase awareness of social change by contributing to the economic development and education of Aboriginal communities and their people, lifestyle,
products and services.
Black Olive Catering is proudly a certified supplier of the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council (AIMSC),
supporting and linking indigenous enterprises in Australia.