The Australian High Commission and Australian Trade and Investment Commission organized the second installment of the Taste of Australia in Brunei at the Radisson Hotel, Bandar Seri Begawan on Sunday, 13th May 2018.
“The Australians and Bruneians love their food – it’s what brings us together. Food itself is an international obsession of the people. So, we wanted to bring together the food traditions of Australia and Brunei in culinary challenge” said Nicola Rosenblum, Australia’s High Commissioner to Brunei in her opening remarks.
There were over 40 unique dishes contested the culinary challenge and was judged by Todd Moses, the head chef of award-winning French Saloon in Melbourne, and a local foodie, Siti Kaprawi. There were many varieties brought by the contestants, among them were Chocolate and Strawberry Pavlova and a Rack of Lamb with Local Herbs.
After a thorough tasting of the dishes in the contest, the judges awarded the grand prize to Noraisah Abdul Tee for her Borneo Lamingtons and won herself a return trip to Melbourne, Australia as well as a voucher for an exclusive dinner at Chef Moses’s French Saloon.
Other than the culinary challenge, Chef Moses also demonstrated his cooking skills to the public using Australian ingredients; such as the exquisite Wagyu beef and a local favourite, the Bruneian blue shrimp.
To further enhance the atmosphere, there were distributors showcasing Australian products to the locals such as the Bondi Chai – Australia’s most awarded latte and Australia’s dairy products sold in Brunei.