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Shepparton apple and pear packer Chris Fairless, who admits his culinary skills stop at boiling water, will soon appear on the Channel 7 television program My Kitchen Rules.

March 4, 2014 4:07am

Chris Fairless at Geoffrey Thompson packing will appear on My Kitchen Rules


Shepparton apple and pear packer Chris Fairless, who admits his culinary skills stop at boiling water, will soon appear on the Channel 7 television program My Kitchen Rules.

But he’ll leave the food preparation to the contestants.

Mr Fairless, a customer relationship manager with Geoffrey Thompson Fruit Packing, is one of 34 Coles suppliers who was approached to appear on behalf of Coles in ‘‘content pieces’’ created specifically for My Kitchen Rules.

He spent two days on the Melbourne television production set and got to meet the contestants.

He was also made up for his appearance.

‘‘Trimmed the eyebrows; eyedrops in the eye,’’ Mr Fairless said.

With an orchard of about one million trees producing nearly 93000 bins of fruit each year, Geoffrey Thompson is a key supplier to Coles.

Coles business general manager of fresh produce Brad Gorman said Coles was pleased to nominate Mr Fairless to appear onMy Kitchen Rules because of his strong work ethic and commitment to quality produce.

‘‘Coles sources products directly from hundreds of food producers across Victoria and highlighting some of their produce to a national audience through My Kitchen Rules is another way we can celebrate local suppliers as well as the great food grown on family farms,’’ Mr Gorman said.

‘‘Victorian producers, such as Geoffrey Thompson Fruit Packing, are vital in ensuring Australians have excellent fresh local food to buy at Coles.’’

Mr Fairless said it was a new and different experience to be filmed for the program and a positive way to highlight Australian fresh produce.

‘‘Having growers appear on My Kitchen Rules is a great way to show the Australian public the producers behind the products that they see in Coles day-in, day-out,’’ he said.

‘‘It was an incredible two days at the Channel 7 studios and being chosen by Coles shows just how serious they are about championing their suppliers. I’ll never forget the experience.’’

The Geoffrey Thompson business was launched in 1949 when the company’s focus was exporting apples and pears to Europe and South-East Asia.

During the years, the focus of the business has shifted to domestic sales.

Geoffrey Thompson now employs nearly 500 people annually in the Shepparton area and unlike other fruit producers, its employees work 12 months of the year rather than for seasonal shifts.

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