Bid to promote locally produced food

Renowned Pacific chef Colin Chung (second from front right) will represent Fiji and the Pacific Islands at the 4th Asian Organic Gourmet Festival in Bangkok, Thailand. Picture: SUPPLIED

RENOWNED chef and Pacific hospitality consultant Colin Chung will be the only chef representing Fiji and the Pacific Islands at the 4th Asian Organic Gourmet Festival in Bangkok, Thailand this weekend.

Mr Chung’s brainchild is the cookbook Kana Vinaka, will be also launching his publication at the four-day food, wine and wellness extravaganza that commences on Friday March 23.

The contemporary island cuisine cookbook that’s taking the Pacific region by storm and now the rest of the world was earlier launched last year in various parts of Fiji and the region.

This is a chance to promote the best of Pacific cuisine on an international platform that features top chefs and wine producers showcasing the importance of locally sourced produce, healthy eating and the art of fine dining.

Apart from launching Kana Vinaka, Mr Chung will be hosting the opening gala dinner and a cooking class with some of the world’s best chefs such as Javier Rodriguez — who worked in Michelin star restaurants in Australia and Denmark.

“This cookbook is a dream come true which is intended to inspire locals, hospitality and tourism industry professionals with ideas to use local produce instead of depending on imports,” Mr Chung said in a statement.

“I want to share my passion for food and cooking with the rest of the world. I want the world to see that we can use Pacific produce and flavours to make any ordinary dish special.” The festival, which will end on Sunday, March 25, will be held at the prestigious 137 Pillars Suites & Residences.