17 November 2014
Some of the world’s most influential and respected food and wine VIPs came together in Hobart on Friday 14 November as part of Tourism Australia’s global ‘Restaurant Australia’ campaign.
More than 80 international food and wine writers, critics, columnists, reviewers, celebrity chefs and TV personalities including US chef and author Alice Waters, British food critic A.A. Gill, Chinese Masterchef judge Yifan Liu and Indian chef Sanjeev Kapoor, gathered in Tasmania after a week spent exploring the best of Australia’s food and wine experiences.
During the day the culinary who’s who attended a Restaurant Australia Marketplace to sample premium produce from each State and Territory ahead of the highly anticipated ‘Invite The World To Dinner’ gala dinner.
At Restaurant Australia Marketplace the group had the opportunity to rub shoulders with the Australian food and wine elite including the Head Chefs for the gala dinner – Ben Shewry, Peter Gilmore and Neil Perry AM – as well as ambassadors and gastronomic heavy weights such as Maggie Beer and Matt Moran.
In the evening they all came together at Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), for the exclusive ‘Invite The World To Dinner’ gala event.
Tourism Australia’s Managing Director John O'Sullivan said the gala event “exceeded our expectations” and was a perfect culmination to what has been a highly successful Restaurant Australia campaign, aimed at closing the gap in the perceptions of Australia's food and wine offering.
"What our Chefs pulled together and the setting in which the meal was served was nothing short of breathtaking and has truly demonstrated the exceptional quality and produce we have on offer here in Australia."
Restaurant Australia Head Chefs, Ben Shewry, Peter Gilmore and Neil Perry AM agreed it was a remarkable honour to cook for the world and showcase the unique food and wine offering Australia has to offer travellers from across the globe. “We have had a good time. It’s been a very successful evening, and I’m very very happy with how it’s gone,” added Peter Gilmore.
Renowned Indian chef Sanjeev Kapoor echoed his sentiments, saying the dinner was “fantastic” and guests would all be taking a unique taste of Australia home with them.
“It’s not just inviting the world to dinner, I think it’s inviting the world to find a place in their heart, and I can be sure that each one of us who’s come in here is definitely taking a piece of Tasmania and a piece of Australia with us, and we are leaving our heart behind.”
Restaurant Australia is Tourism Australia’s global food and wine campaign aimed at increasing international awareness of Australia’s impressive food and wine experiences and in turn increasing visitation into the country.
For more information please visit the Restaurant Australia media hub.