It’s Fresh, Organic, Artisanal and Bountiful
Most first time visitors to Australia go for the expected reasons. They want to pet a kangaroo, visit the Outback, and find Nemo. But exit surveys by Tourism Australia show that when they leave, what they’re raving about is the food and the wine.
In fact visitors from China, US, France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the UK and South Korea rank Australia their top food and wine destination in the world. This seems surprising considering that 74 percent of people who’ve never visited the Land Down Under didn’t even know food and wine was a thing in Australia.
Oh…but it is. (more…)
Australia’s key food trends for 2014
Written by Jill Dupleix – food columnist, restaurant critic, author of 16 cookbooks and editor of The Sydney Morning Herald Good Café Guide.
Australia may be “down under”, but it’s right on top of the food trends on the global agenda for 2014. Restaurants from Perth to Parramatta have quinoa and kale on the menu. We’re dusting off our granny aprons and pickling, preserving, jamming and marmalading, smoking and curing. We’re fermenting everything that moves. We’re loving bowls of Japanese ramen noodles and rolls of Vietnamese rice paper and prawns. We’re into meatballs (from Mexican to Moroccan), flavoured salts, smoked chillies and anything served small-plate, share-plate and planked. We’re artisanal, modern Jewish, traditional Italian, spicy Sichuan, Middle Eastern and farmer’s market-fresh, all at once. Our cafes are cold-dripping small-batch, single-origin coffee and, yes, our baristas have beards. (more…)
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With Tourism Australia and its state tourism bodies focus in 2014 on showcasing the regions Food and Wine, Austin-based cultural exchange company Alliance Abroad Group (AAG) has partnered with Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ), Air New Zealand and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts to offer one lucky student the opportunity of a lifetime.
Launched January 22nd at the Austin campus, the roadshow kick started with a culinary information session designed to educate students on the cuisine and wine that Australia offers. Alliance Abroad is well known for its Work Abroad program that places American culinary students and professionals in a kitchen at a high-end resort or hotel in Australia working alongside well-respected culinary professionals. Many students across the US have taken this opportunity and numbers already this year are 212% up in 2013 – an increase attributed to the increased recognition of Australia as a destination to gain invaluable work experience in the Culinary Arts.
Australian native Ash Jurberg, Director of Work Experience Australia, taking attendees through a virtual tour of Australia said, “Not only has there been an increase desire by American students to come and work and learn in Australia but also a request for talented Americans cooks and chefs by Australian employers. Previously there was a focus on European trained chefs but over the last 12-18 months I have noticed a considerable shift in thinking and Australian chefs are specifically requesting to work with Americans. Now to be able to work so closely with Le Cordon Bleu to further this global training opportunity is exciting”
It is very exciting to be able to offer our students an opportunity to add international experience to their resume by working in the culinary industry in Australia for their externship or a seasonal job.”
Steve Smith, LCB Austin President
My time working in Sydney as a Chef has been really useful in adding to my repertoire in the kitchen and it has provided me with a chance to expand on my training and become a more creative chef.
Oskar, former Le Cordon Bleu-Austin student working in Australia as a Chef
In addition to learning about Australian food and enjoying an Australian wine tasting, students were excited to hear about the launch of a competition for culinary students and young professionals – An Australian Cuisine Cook-Off. Students are being asked to prepare an Australian dish of their choice and explain why they have chosen the dish. The prize is a 6-month job placement working as a chef at a resort in North Queensland, return airfares to Cairns from the U.S. with Air New Zealand, and an adventure package from Tourism Tropical North Queensland containing such adrenaline filled activities as a bungee jump, skydive, hot air balloon ride, reef cruise and much more.
“I’m very interested in seeing the entries and what uniquely Aussie dishes these American students can develop. There were many great ideas being discussed after the launch and I’m looking forward to the judging,” Ash commented.
Alliance Abroad Group continued the Australian Food & Wine Roadshow at Le Cordon Bleu’s Dallas campus on February 3rd, and is scheduling visits to the other fourteen campuses.
We asked an American (Erin) and a Canadian (Anita) working in Australia a few questions. Here is their perspective on living in Australia.
Why Did You Come to Australia?
Erin: I was looking for a change when I made the decision to travel to Australia. I have traveled in the past and had only been to the Austral-Asia once in my life when I visited India. I went to school in Georgia, where we received many study abroad students. During my first year, I meet a student who was studying abroad from Melbourne. We became best friends and he even taught me how to play basketball and stayed with my family for a couple weeks before returning to his hometown Melbourne, Australia. He told me everything about the city, country and people, which was later built upon by other Aussies I met on the road throughout my travels. We kept in touch and I told him that one day I would meet him over in Australia and then I would go visit what I called “The Big Rock in the Middle”, actually named Ayers rock. (This I will be doing in October!) We hadn’t seen each other since he left in June 2009, until I decided to make my move to Melbourne after finding an amazing opportunity to work with Alliance Abroad International! I left a month after accepting the position and headed over to “The Most Livable City in the World’.
Anita: Adventure, exploration and more sun!! I’ve been wanting to come to Australia for the last 5 years and finally decided that a visit, a short stint nor a long backpacking trip, wouldn’t cut it. After learning about the amazing possibilities of a working holiday visa, I jumped at the chance and moved to Melbourne with the excitement of finding a job, place to live and friends! It’s been an unbelievable experience so far.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT AUSTRALIA?
Erin: There are so many amazing things about this country and they all differ from region to region. The thing I enjoy the most, and seems to be relevant to all parts of Australia, is the Breakfast culture. Or in Aussie slang “Brekkie”. Aussies have a wonderful tradition of taking time to catch up with friends, drink an Australian coffee (or two), and eat some creative dishes at unique cafes for brunch.
Coming from a family where breakfast has remained a staple in our daily lives, I appreciate this tradition. Even within this there are small differences that I think any traveler would notice.
Australian’s always order poached eggs. This will always be the norm, so if you want your eggs scrambled, fried, or boiled make sure you tell you waitress!
Every breakfast joint has a vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free options…. In Melbourne I think its safe to say that half the menu will normally reflect this cultural difference!
For all you non-vegetarians: Bacon becomes a real piece of meat. They serve it thicker than in my country!
Avocado Smash will always and forever be one of my favorite Australian dishes! (Avocado, goats cheese, and lemon juice mashed together and spread over toast) Scrumptious!
Anita: The friendly people and delicious food culture. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to meet many people from diverse backgrounds over many scrumptious meals all over Australia!!
Most surprising thing about Australia?
Erin: The Ultimate Frisbee Network! My co-worker Anita and I both came over from countries where Ultimate Frisbee is a popular sport. I never imagined that it would be just as big, if not bigger here in Australia. My Ultimate Frisbee seasons have become one of my favorite and most surprising experiences in Australia. I have accumulated memories and friendships that will last forever. I was invited one morning to a pick up game by a roommate of mine and ended up later playing for two separate teams in the division and also participating in 4 tournaments while in Melbourne. I am even going off to volunteer for Australian University Games in September while staying with my Frisbee team from Melbourne, RMIT Red Backs! It seems as though Australians really appreciate sports and getting outdoors!
Anita: I’m still surprised at how so many words are shortened or has a nickname/slang equivalent in Australia!! The slang is so fun – Like how biscuits (2 syllables) are “shortened” to bikkies (still 2 syllables)….
One thing you would recommend doing to any visitor?
Erin: I would definitely recommend not only going to an Australian Rules Football match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), but also picking a team to support! Our Director here in Australia recruited me early to his favorite team, the good ole Carlton Blues. I went to a few games with his family and then got really into the sport after moving to Richmond, where the MCG is located. In Melbourne, the teams are based off of different suburbs around the city and have historical and traditional fan bases. They all have different rivalries and each family has a history connected to AFL. It’s exciting to follow the sport throughout the season and makes a trip to the stadium even more memorable! If you can’t decide on a team to support, go ahead and pick the best, GOOO CARLTON!!
Anita: Eat your heart out
You know you’re an Aussie when…
- You check the AFL app on the reg.
- Begin nicknaming all of your friends without realizing it.
- Say “Yewwwww” after anything you agree with!
- Meet three friends in a day for coffee at different cafes
- Your drink of choice is 4xxxx Gold, VB, or Carlton Draft.
- A kangaroo hops by and you don’t even think twice.
- You start giving directions about public transportation to confused travelers on the street.
- You start eating like an Iron Man and a having a Golden Gay Time means something to you!
- You lick an Ants Butt!
- There’s a nickname for everything
- You’re not afraid of spiders
- You like snow and cold
Best looking Aussie
Erin: Liam Hemsworth…was that even a question?
Anita: Julia Gillard (just joking!) Eric Bana!
Different cultures have different diets. Here’s a fun look at what Australians eat compared to other countries and cultures. Enjoy!