"If we have to put our cuisine in the menu of a modern restaurant, we have to refine it."
Rashedul Hasan, born and brought up in the bustling city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, is a man with a story. Having made it to the top 24 of Masterchef Australia, things went downhill for the young Bangladeshi within the competition but soon turned around as he came out, renewed and stronger.
A passionate and talented cricketer, Rashedul gave up on his ambition to play professionally to care for his sick mother, whom he describes as one of the most influential people in his life. It was when she passed away at home in Bangladesh in 2009 that Rashedul felt compelled to move to Australia with his wife Ayesha and seven-year-old son Aiman.
Unfortunately, Rashie, as he’s called by his close ones, got eliminated in the very first round of Masterchef Australia on account of successive mishaps on his part in the kitchen. A dropped plate landed him on the bottom 4, and a 15-minute brain freeze in the elimination cook-off saw him say goodbye to the popular cooking show. Since his elimination, Hasan has completed work experience at Koi Dessert Bar in Sydney.
Rashedul is a food enthusiast at heart, with a particular knack for cooking the most beautiful desserts. A self-described experimental dessert cook, Rashedul says he is at his strongest in the kitchen when presenting dishes and has a good intuition for balancing flavours. His Instagram account, @rashiethechef is an absolute marvel to look at for foodies, sporting a collection of beautifully concocted dishes.
Another characteristic noticed in Rashie’s dishes is his constant inclination towards infusing Bangladeshi cuisine elements into his cooking, irrespective of how contemporary the dish looks. His creative take on the age-old bhapa pitha has achieved nationwide regard in his favour.
Rashie is an inspiration for food enthusiasts in Bangladesh who would one day want to take up the art of cooking as their career.