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Chef Talbot Will Blend With Local Culinary

‘I will take my cooking style to have it melt perfectly with Fijian ingredients’ Brooklyn, New York-based celebrity chef, author, philanthropist and television personality Sam Talbot, will this week be
18 Nov 2015 10:09
Chef Talbot Will Blend With Local Culinary
Brooklyn,New York chef Sam Talbot at the Lautoka wharf yesterday.Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU

‘I will take my cooking style to have it melt perfectly with Fijian ingredients’

Brooklyn, New York-based celebrity chef, author, philanthropist and television personality Sam Talbot, will this week be at Turtle Island’s ‘Savour the Flavour’ event.

Chef Talbot says he plans to submerge himself in Fiji’s culinary merging it with cultural and traditional aspects.

“My plan is to take my cooking style to have it melt perfectly into these Fijian ingredients,” he said.

“Here in Fiji I could take the same idea as fish and chips but use parrot fish and instead of using potatoes I could use cassava.”

Chef Talbot said he looked forward to sharing and comparing his culinary skills with other local chefs

“I’m excited not only to work with the staff at Turtle Island but also meet the chefs because they know the tricks,’ he said.

Mr Talbot had emphasised during a tour of the Lautoka Wharf that his cooking style was more health-oriented since he was diagnosed at a young age with Type 1 diabetes

“We came to the wharf and growing up in the coastal South Carolina, I grew up fishing on small boats,” he said.

“To come here and see this vibrant culture supported by the ecosystem, it ignites what I do for a living.”

 

Seafood background

Mr Talbot said he was looking forward to trying Fiji’s vast range of seafood.

“Seafood is my background and living sustainably from the ocean is something that I’m very passionate about, what we pull from the ocean not to deplete the population and watching what we’re taking,” he said.

“That’s what I’m excited about; I’ve never seen lobsters so beautiful in my life; I always wanted to try parrot fish and there’s just so many species of fish here that are running vibrant.”

He is the second international chef to be part of the Turtle Island ‘Savour the Flavour’ event and will be returning home next week Tuesday.

California-based celebrity chef Carlos Carlito Cham returned home today.

The last two chefs left to be hosted are, Australia-based renowned French-born chef Jacques Reymond and Washington, D.C-based Chef Spike Mendelsohn, who will arrive in the coming weeks.

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