24 Feb / Aussie Chef Wins Two Awards for Culinary Excellence in Fiji
Castaway Island, Fiji – Multi award-winning Australian chef Lance Seeto has once again stamped his authority on Fijian cuisine and taken out the Best Fine Dining Restaurant for the second consecutive year at the recent 2014 AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards.
For the third consecutive year, Fiji’s most renowned celebrity chef has been recognised for his pioneering efforts to bring contemporary Fijian cuisine on to the international stage. For a second year in a row, his Fiji fusion restaurant “1808”, on Castaway Island, has won the prestigious Best Fine Dining category at the 2014 AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards beating stiff competition from the Sheraton’s Flying Fish, Sofitel’s V and Outrigger Fiji Beach’s Ivi restaurant.
Seeto also picked up the resort Back of House award for his work beyond the kitchen including his hosting of international media and travel agents, his signature business class menus on Fiji Airways, and the impact of his Fiji One TV series Taste of Paradise on tourism.
“Winning two awards for culinary excellence is unprecedented and vindicates my philosophy that local produce, culture, history and flavours can match or far exceed the best the world has to offer. I don’t just mean sticking a piece of dalo or nama sea grapes on the plate. I’m talking about using the old cooking techniques of fermenting, tempering and smoking to combine with local produce and cultural flavours. There is nowhere else in the world that has a Polynesian, Melanesian, Micronesian, Indian and Chinese mix. That combination is the key to a future and distinct contemporary Fijian cuisine that will bring travellers from around the world.”