August 11, 2015 by Joanne T Ferguson
Asia in SA 2015 was a charity black-tie gala dinner that was held on the 8th of August, which connected 8 world class chefs, uniting together “as a team,” featuring Asian ingredients with matching wines,” in celebration “for the successes of Asian in South Australia.”
The event sold out in 24 hours for 300 guests!
I just have to say right away, would you ever imagine 8 chefs could genuinely join together in such harmony?
Courtesy of Asia in SA, I “graciously accepted” their invite to a VIP tasting of the eight course degustation menu that was being served at the event.
It was incredible “to see and feel” all of the 8 chef’s passion for food and “coming together as one,” for this event which was held at the Intercontinental Adelaide
supporting Asia in SA Beneficiary Charities SAHMRI – South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute, and Opportunity International.
SAHMRI is South Australia’s research facility that provdes a focal point for healthy and medical research to try and improve the quality of life for all people.
Opportunity International provides small loans to families in developing countries to help people start businesses, earn income and leave the life of poverty behind.Susan Lee, the President of Asia in SA, shared that this inaugural event would be an epic rock star celebrity event, raising funds for charity; the theme “Together We Prosper.”
Alvin Leung aka The Demon Chef holds 3 Michelin stars, shared the importance of “coming together and friendship,” to do “good work” and showcasing “sense of community.”
Cooking for Charity was an initiative by self-taught Chef Jeffrey Tan some nine years ago and has helped raise $2.5 million Australian dollars for various charities such as Prostate Cancer and Alzheimer’s Australia.
Chef Tan shared his “message of friendship” based on Epicurus, an ancient Greek philosopher; Epicurus’ “purpose of philosophy” was to “obtain a tranquil, happy life surrounded by friends.”
Chef Tony Hart is the Executive Chef at Intercontinental Adelaide and shared how unique coordinating the 8 chef’s passions for “different products and techniques” were.
Executive Chef Ikuei Arakane aka Kin San, known for his regular appearances on the Japanese television show Iron Chef, shared “the importance of friendship” and long associations with some of the other chefs, highlighting not only this great cause, but it is “fun in the kitchen.”
Executive Chef Cheong Liew is one of South Australia’s best known chefs, shared he was “happy to be cooking” with this great cause and among his great friends.
Executive Chef Adam D’Sylvia shared his love of food and hospitality and in the coming together in cooking in this great event; he very much enjoys the “camaraderie among these chefs.”
Last, but certainly not least, is Executive Pastry Chef Pierrick Boyer, who shared this event was “very special”;” not just about chefs feeding people, but is a good cause, having fun.
Chef Pierrick Boyle with fellow food bloggers Anastasia and Isabell – Tempting Palates
Now that you have been introduced to the 8 chefs, let’s see the “delectably delicious” 8 recipes, eh?
The dish was beautiful and loved the combination of flavors; the kangaroo fillet melted in my mouth and thought it was a very exciting dish, as I had never tasted anything like that before!
Chef D’Sylvia’s MAIN 2 Black Pepper Premium Cape Grim Beef
The beef was perfectly cooked and loved the peppery sauce with kick of chili! It was one of those dishes that had you yearning for more!
What a lovely combination dish with the succulent and perfectly cooked, Kangaroo Island Ferguson Australia lobster. I enjoyed how the broth “made with love” brought all the ingredients in the dish together.
I am a big fan of duck and this dish had a beautiful fan presentation with healthy greens and a sauce that “intrigued” me.
Last, but certainly not least, was Executive Pastry Chef Pierrick Boyle’s DESSERTS course of Grand Cru 64% Dark Chocolate texture, Raspberry, Sichaun Pepper and Vanilla
What an “elegantly excitable” dessert to finish off this 8 Chefs 8 Recipes VIP tasting of the eight course degustation menu that was being served at the event for me!
They say, “One has to go, in order to return!”
While this inaugural Asia in SA 8 Chefs 8 Recipes #CookingForCharity in Adelaide has just been, I can’t wait for next 8th of August 2016 when Asia in SA 8 Chefs 8 Recipes #CookingForCharity will be held again!
In closing, I would like to share Chef Jeffrey Tan’s words about SUCCESS and its true meaning to all who contributed for “Cooking For Charity” Initiative by Chef De Cuisine Jeffrey Tan!:
“Reflecting on the weekend’s successful staging of Asia in SA Charity Gala Dinner, this is one way to look at our success
There is something SUCCESS is not
SUCCESS is not fame, money or power.
Success is waking up in the morning so exciting what you have to do, you literally fly out of the door. It’s getting to working with people you love.
SUCCESS is connecting with the world and making people feel.
It’s finding a way to bind people who may have nothing in common but a dream
And falling asleep at night and feeling that you have job done the best you could.
SUCCESS is joy, freedom and friendship
SUCCESS is love.
Thank you all, the participating chefs, the Organising Committee, the Sponsors, the volunteers and most importantly the two most wonderful ladies Susan Lee and Roslyn Foo supported by their spouses (Wahtong Lee and Daniel Limmy) – our unsung heroes. From the bottom of my weak heart, thank you and God bless you all.
Thank you for the opportunity to be your friend.
I send my brotherly love to all.”