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Local flavours thrill star chef

Timoci Vula
Thursday, December 06, 2012

AUSTRALIAN celebrity chef and television personality Elizabeth Chong is in the country to feature with Fiji chef Lance Seeto on the season finale of Fiji Television's Taste of Paradise show.

Ms Chong is here for the first time and expressed disbelief at the flavours and freshness of the seafood.

"I've eaten all around the world and still host tours of China and Vietnam for my Australian clients, but Fiji has something very ancient and wild to intrigue the gourmet traveller," says the 81-year old TV personality.

"If it wasn't for chef Lance Seeto's invitation to see what he is doing here, I probably would never have thought to come to Fiji.

"I am so glad I did, he is doing a wonderfully inspiring job here. There is so much to experience here in lifestyle and food. This truly is an inspiring culture on Australia's doorstep. It seems the student has become the teacher," she said in a statement from Mr Seeto.

Mr Seeto said Ms Chong, who was one of his mentors and teachers, was also one of the most recognisable television chefs and an accomplished cookbook authors.

He said many Australians had grown up learning to cook Chinese food on Channel Ten's Bert Newton show during the 1980s and 1990s.

He added Ms Chong had also been showing Australians how to cook healthy Asian cuisine for over 30 years.

"Some of her closest friends are the world's top celebrity restaurateurs and chefs, as many regard her for her pioneering work in using television to both educate and entertain," Mr Seeto said.