Taking the best of Australia's produce to Singapore
TFE Hotels and Tourism Australia have teamed up to take Singaporeans on a taste bud journey down under. Over 150 guests attended the exclusive event held at Rendezvous Hotel Singapore last Thursday (5 June).
'Stay Gourmet Australia' will celebrate the best of Australian food and wine. Recognising the amazing produce, people and places to visit across Australia, inspiring guests to see it and taste it for themselves.
Rachel Argaman, CEO of TFE Hotels said: "TFE Hotels is delighted to partner with Tourism Australia to showcase the best of Australian fare to Singaporeans.
"We have a strong ethos to source local suppliers, and use the best possible seasonal produce from each region. This allows us to create dishes that are both true to the locale, and to our mission to serve simple, local and fresh food at all of our hotels. Guests will be invited to hear the many stories behind the locally sourced and seasonal produce our chefs use on their menus."
Tim Martin, chef and spokesperson for Culina Singapore, a leading butcher in Singapore, was the MC the event. Winner of Best Providore of the Year 2013 in Singapore, Culina specialises in premium, high end Australian meats – found on the plate in both Australia's and Singapore's best restaurants – Neil Perry, Nobu, Komu.
Karyn Kent, Regional General Manager South, South East Asia and The Gulf – Tourism Australia said: "We are delighted to work with TFE Hotels on bringing 'Stay Gourmet Australia' to Singapore. Not only does it allow us to support the close partnership between the two nations across business in the TFE Hotels joint venture, but also reinforce the great partnership between Singaporean tastebuds and Australia's food and wine which are experiences sought by travellers from Australia's fifth largest inbound tourism market.
The combination of people, place and produce at 'Stay Gourmet Australia' is a small sample of the unique food and wine experiences showcased by Tourism Australia's Restaurant Australia campaign, being rolled out around the world."
Special guests The Ralston Brothers from Sydney Rock Oysters were on hand to freshly shuck oysters from holsters and Tuna Farmer Rick Kolega from seakol seafoods told a tale of the tuna that got away. Other local food and wine suppliers on show included Kangarilla Road winery, Blue Pyrenees Winery and Matilda Bay Brewery; both wineries will have owner and wine makers in attendance to explain their selection of wines and specialties.