Pacific Island Food Revolution

Chef Robert Oliver on steering a Pacific food revolution

Oliver is the creator of Pacific Island Food Revolution, a televised contest in which people compete to create the best dish with ingredients from countries such as Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

He said the show aimed to encourage Pacific Island people to eat healthier, more traditional foods and to spice up the tourism industry by getting island restaurants offering tasty local dishes.

Many imported foods that have become popular among Pacific Island people are highly processed and contain large amounts of fat, sugar and salt.

Vanuatu Island Boys crowned inaugural Pacific Island Food Revolution champions

The Island Boys receive an all-expenses paid trip to Hong Kong with return tickets from Fiji Airways, and a gift pack each from Pure Fiji, Pearls from J Hunter Pearls.

Runners-up Fijian Foodies Shamim Ali and Manasa Bolawaqatabu each receive a gift pack from Pure Fiji, and from Fiji Airways, return tickets to Wellington, New Zealand, and from Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand, accommodation at CQ Hotel and classes in classical and contemporary French techniques and Le Cordon Bleu uniforms.

Top placement for “Pacific Island Food Revolution’ in global search for food innovators

Of about 300 submissions from innovators in 74 countries, Pacific Island Food Revolution (PIFR) won a coveted place and is the only innovation selected from the South Pacific.

A statement says PIFR is a collaboration by internationally renowned New Zealand TV chef and author, Robert Oliver and Elizabeth Powell, a Fijian private and public sector development strategist and implementer.

PIFR is a TV-led health education initiative tailored to audiences in the Pacific islands that includes multimedia and cross-sectoral wellness campaigns.