What is AussieCuisine?
Ask anyone their opinion and you are likely to get answers ranging from “I don’t know” to “I know it when I taste it” and everything in between.
In our most recent Gault&Millau Australia review of dining establishments in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, more than 300 restaurants indicated that they serve “Contemporary Australian Cuisine”, but most were unable to give us an informative explanation or even the defining characteristics of such a cuisine. It was this lack of a clear answer that gave birth to the AussieCuisine project.
There is no doubt that the past 25 years have seen the food offered in Australian restaurants and on our tables at home change considerably. Over this time, a new food culture evolved in which quality and variety – in contrast to an earlier focus on quantity – became important to many Australians. And while trends and food fashions are ever-changing, not only in Australia but in all the world’s major culinary centres, it is clear that there are certain key pillars on which our “AussieCuisine” is based.
About the Project
AussieCuisine is an educational research project sponsored by the Gault&Millau Australia restaurant guide. Over three years the project has researched the greater meaning of Australian cuisine.
We have interviewed numerous chefs, holding several forum discussions in different Australian cities with leaders of the hospitality industry and researching a great number of books and articles. We came to the conclusion that Australian cooking style can be defined as:
“A fresh, light, vibrant and innovative cuisine;
featuring the diversity of Australian inland and coastal produce
and reflecting our relaxed outdoor lifestyle.”
To define the current cultural cuisine of Australia whilst acknowledging its past and offer guidance for its future. To advocate its values domestically and internationally by providing vested industries a clear identity to promote the vast and talented culinary landscape within Australia.
We acknowledge the contribution and quotes of the following people and companies to AussieCuisine:
B&T Magazine, Business Wire, chef Adam Moore, chef Alex Atala, chef Alex Jackson, chef Andrew Neal, chef Ashraf Saleh, chef Brian Geraghty, chef Clinton McIver, chef Cory Campbell, chef Damian Heads, chef Daniel Webb, chef Darren Templeman, chef Darwin Leonarr, chef Edward Lee, chef Felix Rutz, chef Grant Parry, chef Hayden Quinn, chef Hideo Dekura, chef Jacopo Martelossi, chef James Gallagher, chef Josh Niland, chef Julien Constance, chef Julio Azzarello, chef Karen Doyle, chef Kylie Kwong, chef Lauren Murdoch, chef Damien Styles, chef Leigh McDivitt, chef Liam Crawley, chef Martin Benn, chef Miguel Cuevas, chef Naomi Lowry, chef Paul Cooper, chef Paul Rifkin, chef Pierre Khodja, chef Raita Noda, chef Ram Bhandary, chef Rhys Ward, chef Rick Stein, chef RJ Lines, chef Roy McVeigh, chef Russel Blaikie, chef Sam Pinzone, chef Shaun Quade, chef Somer Sivrioglu, chef Stevin Yang, chef William Cowper, Condé Nast Traveler, consultant Anna-Jane Dalton, consultant Tawnya Bahr, Fine Food Australia, manager Karen Lateo, manager Leigh Cholakos, manager Mark Dorrell, manager Victoria Zwierzynski, producer Alexandra Olsson, producer Anita Dealy, producer Anita Dealy, producer Beth McMillan, producer Daniel Motlop, producer Heidi MacCregor, producer Heidi MacCregor, teacher Judy White, teacher Martin Z’Graggen, teacher Pamela Melocco, Tourism Australia, writer Adam Liaw, writer Alan Saunders, writer Alice Roberts, writer Andrea Hogan, writer Anna Webster, writer Anne Hyland, writer Blake Singley, writer Carlo Tomas, writer Carolina Holzmeister, writer Caroline Overington, writer Claudette Palomares, writer Dane Richards, writer David Knight, writer David Prior, writer Erin Ogilvie, writer Fritz Gubler, writer Grace Mooney, writer Hannah Sinclair, writer Jacqui Newling, writer James Wilkinson, writer Jean-Marie Liere, writer Jennifer Hullick, writer Jeremy Ryland, writer Jessica Hinchliffe, writer Jill Dupleix, writer Jillian Garvey, writer Johnnie Walker, writer Kerry Staight, writer Kim Honan, writer Marty McCarthy, writer Laura Price, writer Laura Price, writer Lauren F Friedman, writer Lee Tulloch, writer Lindey Milan, writer Madeline Woolway, writer Michael Bennett, writer Michael Brooke Symons, writer Michael Symons, writer Mietta O’Donnell, writer Pat Nourse, writer Paula Bantock, writer Paula Bantock, writer Philip Youngman, writer Roger Wotton, writer Sarah Berry, writer Simon Evans, writer Skye Gould, writer Stephen Downes, writer Stephen Mudd, writer Tony Knox, writer Verica Jokic, writer Warren Fahey, writer Winsor Dobbin.
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