New South Wales
Occupation: IT Program Director
Growing up in Bangladesh’s bustling capital Dhaka, Rashedul says his childhood was vibrant, fun and noisy, raised in a family compound with all of his uncles, aunts and cousins. He says his fondest memories are family arriving from different areas of Bangladesh for feasts and family dinners, with often up to 100 guests celebrating together.
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.
Working as an IT program director, Rashedul was encouraged as a child to pursue a career as either a doctor or an engineer. But he now wants to teach his own son to follow his heart and is taking that advice on board himself, hoping to open his own degustation restaurant or dessert bar.
Inspired by his father, who enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, Rashedul says cooking is a welcome stress relief after a busy day in the office. He looks up to chefs and cooks such as Curtis Stone, Adam Liaw, Gary Mehigan, Reynold Poernomo and Tapos Singha.
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. He admits his knife skills and fish filleting need practice.
Away from the kitchen, Rashedul enjoys watching and playing cricket with his son, cooking and taking photographs of nature, landscapes and food.