Produce is the primary source that drives cuisine and inspires Chefs. It determines and shapes not only how and what we eat, but ultimately is the backbone of our long term food security. We plan to investigate the importance produce plays in defining our food culture.

The Aussie Seafood Christmas – and how it’s changing

Christmas in Australia is the polar opposite of a White Christmas—we know it to be scorching hot, often with the BBQ fired up and drinks chilling in the Esky. And commonly on the menu is seafood—a classic that’s now seeing many Aussies enjoying more non-traditional fish varieties than ever before. With the prominent rise [...]

By | January 14th, 2018|Popular Culture, Produce|0 Comments

Native bush food demand outstripping supply says industry as more growers encouraged

By Kim Honan and Marty McCarthy  The demand for Australian native foods across the country is by far exceeding supply, according to the industry's peak body. Australian Native Food and Botanicals (ANFAB) is trying to encourage new producers in the industry and existing growers to plant more crops. ANFAB chair Amanda Garner said demand for native [...]

By | January 14th, 2018|Indigenous Influences, Produce|0 Comments

Q&A with Chef Ashraf Saleh

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine ‘My Middle-Eastern heritage has played a big part in the dishes that I have created. The memory from my childhood of running through bazaars and spice markets with my parents was remarkable! The flavours of those markets were never far from my plate’, muses Chef Saleh. Chefs tend to [...]

Q&A with Chef Clinton McIver

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine Australian processed food, beverage and fresh produce are valued and highly sought after in the world, in particular in China. Being the world’s most populated country and the second largest economy, China is a key importer of Australian premium foods. Since 2014, it is estimated that China has become [...]

Q&A with Chef William Cowper

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine For chef William Cowper, Australian cuisine can be defined as ‘local produce, put together with international influences’. Australian chefs are increasingly emphasising the use of fresh, local, organic, seasonal and sustainable foods, focusing on a produce-driven menu with the influence of diverse international cuisines. ‘Farmers play a big [...]

Q&A with Chef James Gallagher

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine The AussieCuisine team acknowledges that Brisbane Chef James Gallagher is without any doubt an eloquent spokesperson for Australian Cuisine. This talented young chef has a brilliant future, so keep your eyes open to his potential! In terms of the primary influences behind its evolution, Chef Gallagher believes that [...]

Alexandra Olsson’s gourmet sea salt business Pacific Salt is about to expand

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine AussieCuisine works towards representing the Australian gastronomic identity by also promoting passionate Aussie producers. Olsson’s is a long established, family-owned and operated specialist producer and is fast becoming the favoured salt in high-end restaurants in Australia. Britain’s Maldon salt and France’s Fleur de Sel de Guérande have a [...]

By | June 30th, 2017|Produce|0 Comments

Q&A with Alexandra Olsson

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine With our very long coastline, clean seawater and ideal sun and wind conditions, Olsson's has been producing top quality salt since 1948, yet another fine Australian produce of which we should be proud. We have many, maybe too many, celebrity chefs who have promoted and influenced our culinary [...]

By | June 30th, 2017|Produce, The Word in the Kitchen|0 Comments

Something Wild Brings Native Produce To Market

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine Something Wild is a purveyor based in Adelaide specialising in Australian native ingredients. It supplies bush foods to high-end restaurants and is proudly an Indigenous-owned business. The company is responsible for employing many Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, giving them a unique opportunity to work on their land. [...]

By | June 27th, 2017|Produce|0 Comments

Granny Smith apples

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine Maria Ann Smith’s gift to good eating can be added to the list of insufficiently recognised legacies of our pioneering women. The Granny Smith apple is a good representative of the quality produce we started to grow and produce early in our culinary development. They are a main [...]

By | June 9th, 2017|Produce|0 Comments