During this time of economic uncertainty as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s amazing to see people offering up a helping hand like this.

Celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge has taken to Instagram to offer up free meals to families doing it tough in Sydney at the moment as people lose their jobs and businesses may have to close for good.

It comes as new restrictions come into effect today that will see various facilities closed in a bid to help people practice social distancing.

The My Kitchen Rules judge, who owns multiple restaurants throughout Sydney, including the top-rated Banksia at Banksia Hotel in the city’s south, offered his help to the community during these “hard times”.

“Everybody is doing takeaway. We’re doing takeaway from our two places, but what we realised was a lot of people who have been coming in soon won’t be able to afford takeaway or meals and have families that are doing it tough,” he said in a video on Instagram.


“Our locals are looking after us, so what we’d like to do is if you can’t feed your family and you live in the local area of Banksia, DM me on here and we’ll sort you out with food.”

Colin said that he would prepare meals that people could then easily reheat at home.

“We just want to look after our local community because you look after us. There won’t be a big deal made about it, but we’ll look after each other in the future,” he added.


The chef has since received tons of praise in the comments section by fans and other chefs and restaurant owners, saying that he was a true example of the “Aussie Spirit”.

“You have a huge heart Fassy. Wishing you all the best to get through this, your generosity and kindness will be so appreciated by your community and beyond,” said new MasterChef judge Melissa Leong.

“This is amazing and so generous. Well done to you and your team,” wrote Tessa Boersma, the winner of MasterChef last year.