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Rick Stein to share his Malaysian plate with New Zealand

Published: Wed 31 Aug 2011 09:46 AM
Rick Stein to share his Malaysian plate with New Zealand
Rick Stein
Rick Stein has a passion for Malaysian cuisine and is bringing this passion to our shores as an ambassador for the Malaysia Kitchen Programme at the Taste of New Zealand Festival.
The popular UK chef and food entrepreneur will demonstrate at Taste in October to share with festival guests his way of adding the flavours of Malaysian cooking to great New Zealand produce.
Following on from the success of his TV Series, Far Eastern Odyssey, during which he discovered the joys of Malaysian cuisine, Stein's support for Malaysia Kitchen was an easy decision.
“Malaysian food is one of the world’s most fascinating and varied cuisines and I am very keen to share my enthusiasm for Malaysian cooking in all its diversity. I will help Malaysia Kitchen spread the word about the wonderfully varied flavours of Malaysian cuisine to New Zealanders,” Stein says.
Malaysian cuisine is already a big part of the New Zealand food and drink culture with more than 50 Malaysian restaurants operating around the country. The Programme supports local Malaysian restaurants and chefs and encourages Kiwis to try Malaysian cuisine at home and in restaurants.
At Taste, visitors can join Rick Stein as he demonstrates the cuisine he loves and together taste the diverse and sublime flavours of Malaysia enhanced by fresh local produce.
Malaysia is in South-East Asia and the cuisine is a fascinating blend of Malay, Chinese, and Indian food traditions, with Thai, Portuguese, Javanese and Middle Eastern influences – the original fusion food. Many cultures have influenced the country’s cuisine due to its position at a key transit point in the ancient spice route.
Taste of New Zealand runs from Wednesday 19 October to Saturday 22 October at Victoria Park in Auckland. Tickets start at $25 and Early Bird Premium Tickets are available until 31 August. Visit www.tasteofnewzealand.co.nz for details.
For recipe inspiration and information about Rick Stein’s Malaysia Kitchen at Taste of NZ visit www.malaysiakitchen.co.nz
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