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Taste of Australia marks 45 years of Vietnam-Australia relations
Phi Vu
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Taste of Australia marks 45 years of Vietnam-Australia relations

Phi Vu

Vietnamese Australian chef Luke Nguyen (L) instructs students at the Taste of Australia Culinary Competition - PHOTO: COURTESY OF AUSTRALIAN CONSULATE GENERAL

Taste of Australia, an annual event that promotes Australian gastronomy and culture, will return in its third edition in April in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Australia.

The event, led by Vietnamese Australian celebrity chef Luke Nguyen, will take place across Vietnam’s major cities including HCMC, Hanoi, Nha Trang and Danang from now until April 22.

Those wishing to have a true taste of Australian cuisine and lifestyle should check out the following culinary and cultural activities such as community BBQs, industry galas, an Epic Aussie Brunch, a food and wine show, and its namesake culinary competition.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick told the Daily that music performance has been a highlight of the forthcoming “Taste of Australia” event.

Australian classical pianist Van-Anh Nguyen is expected to show up at a food and wine show on April 3 in HCMC, followed by a performance by Aussie singer-songwriter Nick Barker at the Taste of Australia Danang Community BBQ on April 22.

Notably, Australian superstar Deni Hines will be present at the biennial Hue Festival which is expected to take place from April 28 to May 2 in the former imperial capital of Hue.

Luke Nguyen, who has recently been picked as the global cuisine ambassador for Vietnam Airlines (VNA), would be an ambassador for this year’s event when he is no longer strange to the Vietnamese thanks to his cooking talent.

Luke Nguyen has garnered global recognition for himself over his culinary career during the past 30 years.

In 2002, the 23-year-old achieved his dreams by opening his first restaurant, the critically acclaimed Red Lantern. The master chef is also the man behind the much-loved Fat Noodle, an Asian noodle bar concept at The Star in Pyrmont Sydney as well as in Brisbane.

Moreover, Luke is the author of seven best-selling and award-winning cookbooks, including Secrets of the Red Lantern, The Songs of Sapa, Indochine, Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong, Food of Vietnam, Luke’s Food of France and Street Food Asia.

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