Dubai's a melting point of talent

Celebrity Aussie chef, Peter Milosevic, applauds Dubai's culinary scene

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By  Laura Barnes Published  March 1, 2006

Working in the cooking industry for over 28 years, celebrity Aussie chef, Peter Milosevic, has worked in hotels and restaurants as well as undertaking in consultancy work. He now runs his own cooking course in South Australia, teaching people who have a love for cooking at home. However, arriving in Dubai last month for a week, he was eager to showcase South Australian products to a somewhat new market. “There are a lot of indigenous products to South Australia, like lemon myrtle and quandongs. They are extremely popular with us as they are all native produce, but I’ve been working with the chefs at the InterContinental Hotel Dubai and they have never seen some of the products before, so it’s great teaching them how to cook,” said chef Peter. However, educating fellow chefs about South Australian food is why chef Peter is here. Visiting Dubai as a guest of the Government of South Australia, Adelaide born and bred chef Peter is a staunch fan of using local produce, and is eager to push the states home grown goods, including South Australian king prawns, southern ocean rock lobster and tender milk fed lamb. Although concentrating on bringing South Australian produce to the UAE, chef Peter is shocked at the local talent and cuisine in Dubai, comparing it to what Australia was going through five years ago, with Australia being a hotbed for Asian, Far Eastern, Australian and Moroccan chefs fusing their foods and ideas together. “The food here is fabulous and there is almost an entire food group waiting to explode. Australia had something similar; there were French, Italian and Japanese restaurants, all with their separate cuisine. However, they began to mingle and we now have what we call Pacific Rim cuisine, a mixture of everything but what is unique to Australia,” said chef Peter. “The same will happen here, you have a melting pot of Syrian, Arabic, Indian, Pakistani and European cuisine so eventually it will all come together. I can’t wait for it to happen, it will really put Dubai on the map,” he added.

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