State’s best chefs set to Savour Shanghai

Top Tasmanian chefs will be flying the flag in China, with Savour Tasmania set to be held in Shanghai for the first time, opening further opportunities to strengthen ties with one of the world’s largest and fastest growing economies.

Since its début in 2009, the Savour Tasmania winter food festival has tempted crowds across the state with artisan produce and beverages that make Tasmania a unique island provedore.

To get Tasmania excited about this event, Savour Tasmania has teamed up with the Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA) and TasTAFE, giving winners of the three THA/TasTAFE Awards for Excellence 2015 categories the honour of flying to Shanghai on Wednesday, 9 September to attend the Savour event.

Winner of the Southern cook off and finalist for the Award for Excellence, Robin Kelly  with his assistant, Kelsea House during the cook off on 22 June, image courtesy of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association

Winner of the Southern cook off and finalist for the Award for Excellence, Robin Kelly, with his assistant, Kelsea House, during the cook off on 22 June, image courtesy of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association.

The initiative is part of a Tasmanian Government trade mission led by the Minister for State Growth, Matthew Groom, to further build relationships with the state’s biggest international trade and tourism partner.

While the trade mission will focus on international education and training, Premier Will Hodgman said the mission will also encompass the hospitality industry.

“The combination of our best chefs together with our premium produce will be a recipe for success for Tasmania,” Mr Hodgman said.

“There is no better time to take this showcase for Tasmanian producers directly to our largest trading partner in the world, with the added chance to provide a perfect stage for our best chefs.”

The THA Award winners will be announced during a gala dinner on Monday, 24 August 2015.

“I’ve no doubt the THA awards will be hotly contested and I wish all competitors the best of luck as they vie for this incredible opportunity,” Mr Hodgman said.

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