08 March, 2013

Chef Oliver and Zoomslide TV back to promote Samoan cuisine and food tourism

International Chef Robert Oliver and Zoomslide television productions are back in Samoa to film an episode of their food and travel show Real Pasifik.

Real Pasifik is a food and culture TV series promoting food tourism in one of the most pristine regions in the world, the South Pacific. Each episode shows the distinctive cuisine of that country.

The series is inspired by "Me'a Kai the food and flavours of the South Pacific", which was co-written by Oliver and Tracy Berno and won Best Cookbook in the World at the Gourmand Awards in Paris.

Oliver says it's been terrifically inspiring to be back in Samoa which he says he feels like a second home.

“I’m getting to work with some of the nation's best chefs and food heroes to discover the true treasures of Samoan gastronomy. It’s extraordinary the leadership role Samoa is playing in the world today in relation to organics and this story needs to be taken to the world.”

On Tuesday, Oliver and a team of local chefs will be presenting a stunning three-course meal to a small group of VIPs at Aggie Greys Lagoon Beach Resort and Spa, which is also hosting them. The menu will feature classic Samoan dishes made with local organic produce from Women in Business farmers in a five-star format.

Resort manager TheresaSing says the dinner is an excellent opportunity to showcase the resort, its talented chefs and the cuisine of the country.

Oliver and the RealPasifik team have selected four extraordinary young chefs to work with them. They are Sony Vaasili, Toe’aeFesolai from Aggie Greys, Dora Rossi from Paddles and Dana Rasmussen Ah Young.

Zoomslide TV productions were in Samoa last year with Oliver during the Teuila Festival and have been looking forward to coming back to shoot the episode.

Director Anna Marbrook says they know Samoa is truly in Robert’s heart. “So it’s important that we capture the wonderful people, food, culture and essence of Samoa.”

The TV show will be released later this year and distributed globally with international networks already lining up to see Samoan cuisine on a global stage.

Oliver will also return to Samoa next month to finish his Samoan Cuisine cookbook.

The television episode is made possible with the generous support of the Samoa Tourism Authority, Aggie Grey’s Lagoon Beach Resort and Spa, Virgin Samoa, Avis, Women in Business and Satuiatua Beach Fales.