Etihad Airways, official airline partner of Taste of Sydney, yesterday crowned chef Harry Stockdale-Powell, from Bouche on Bridge, the winner of the Taste the World competition in Sydney.

The Taste the World award is presented to the chef who best epitomises Etihad Airways’ food philosophy, which aims to provide remarkable culinary experiences throughout the entire guest journey.

Each chef entry was judged independently by an expert panel which comprised an Etihad Airways Inflight chef, a Taste expert and Sydney-based food media. Harry Stockdale-Powell will receive return flights and accommodation courtesy of Etihad Airways to participate in the competition’s global final – Taste of Abu Dhabi – in November 2017.

Stockdale-Powell will compete at the Etihad Airways Taste the World Theatre, representing Sydney and Bouche on Bridge.

The winning Taste the World dish at Taste of Sydney was Wallaby skewers with a spiced cashew sauce, which featured wild Tasmanian Wallaby tenderloins marinated and cooked over charcoal and served with a spiced cashew sauce.

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Wallaby skewers with a spiced cashew sauce – the Taste the World competition winner

“It’s an honour to be chosen as Taste the World winner this past weekend. I can’t wait to represent Taste of Sydney at the finals in November, and I’m stoked to be showcasing the best Australian produce in Abu Dhabi.”

Harry Stockdale-Powell, Executive Chef at Bouche on Bridge

Patrick Pierce, Vice President Marketing and Partnerships, at Etihad Airways added;

“Etihad Airways is thrilled to see Harry Stockdale-Powell win the Taste the World Award. He demonstrated innovative cooking techniques and use of ingredients to create a truly remarkable dish. We look forward to welcoming Harry to our home at Taste of Abu Dhabi in November.
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“Etihad Airways draws inspiration from the best restaurants and emerging chefs from culinary capitals worldwide, and serves cuisine both on the ground and in the air with the style and sophistication that has become synonymous with the Etihad Airways brand.”

Patrick Pierce, Vice President Marketing and Partnerships, at Etihad Airways

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Pic: Taste of Sydney

Justin Clarke, Director of Taste Festivals Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be in partnership with Etihad Airways. Their commitment to being the world’s leading culinary airline is both exciting and a testament to the logical brand fit between Etihad Airways and Taste Festivals. We look forward to working with Etihad and the Taste the World winners as they continue to inspire and innovate.”

Murray Reason, Etihad Airways Inflight Chef, commented on the elite competition: “The level of originality showcased by all chefs as part of Taste the World is something to be celebrated. I commend them for their culinary merits and their inspirational passion for the profession. I am very much looking forward to the finals in our home, Abu Dhabi, later this year.”

Inflight Chef Murray Reason also ran an exclusive two hour Masterclasss workshop for 14 lucky invitees on Sunday morning.

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The Etihad Airways Masterclass. Pic: Matt Leedham

The invitees, including Agents from Flight Centre in Brisbane got to work helping out with preparing and cooking a delicious ‘Seared scallops with mergeuz sausage, spiced carrot, buckwheat, hazelnut, prune and preserved lemon’ dish that they all then sat down to enjoy together.

KarryOn was of course there to catch all the action and sample the finished product – and we can tell you that it was out of this world! To think that Etihad actually has 100 classically trained Inflight chefs onboard their First Class Service cooking fresh, five-star restaurant rated cuisine in the sky is mind blowing.

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