Heart of any organisation in hospitality sector is kitchen: Chef

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THE heart of any organisation in the hospitality industry is the kitchen and that is something chefs need to protect to promote tourism in the country, an international chef says.
The Pacific Rim World Association of Chefs Society director Niel Abrahams, who is in the country for a series of activities organised by the PNG Association of Chefs this week, said his visit was to engage with the local industry and see where the needs of the local chefs were.
Abrahams said the World Association of Chefs was an organisation that had 110 country members around the world in which the PNG Association of Chefs was a new member.
“As Papua New Guinea is a newly formed association member in the Pacific, it is my duty to come over and help the association where I can and to immerse myself with the industry,” Abrahams said.
He said he would also promote the World Association of Chefs Congress next year.
“It would be fantastic to see representation from PNG chefs,” he said.
Abrahams said great and unique cuisine complemented the country’s tourism industry.
“I guess, the beating heart of any organistaion in hospitality is always the kitchen and it’s something that we, as chefs, need to protect and promote to for tourism in the country,” he said.
PNG Association of Chefs president Christopher Lokei said Abrahams would visit industry and schools to boost their new body and its work.
This week’s activities included Abrahams’ visit to the commercial cookery school at the Australian Pacific Training College yesterday, the gala dinner tonight, an industry visit to the 9-Mile Farm and Air Niugini inflight catering services tomorrow.

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