Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism
Cheong Liew - who has been described as one of the top 10 hottest chefs alive by US Food and Wine – has been named Tasting Australia’s 2016 event ambassador.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said Cheong Liew would join the Tasting Australia team, along with fellow Ambassador Jock Zonfrillo, owner of Adelaide restaurants – Street Adl and Orana.
“Cheong is one of South Australia’s real food heroes. His reputation for creative cuisine will be on show at Tasting Australia through a special dinner.
“In a Tasting Australia first, a Cheong Liew Tribute Dinner is part of the program. Cheong will bring back six of his one-time apprentices for the event in the Hilton’s new restaurant.”
Cheong Liew said he was looking forward to being involved with Tasting Australia and getting back in the kitchen.
“The dinner will have lots of fresh and interesting ingredients on the menu drawing from the outstanding produce we have in South Australia,” he said.
“Guests should plan to expect the unexpected as we cook up a storm.”
Cheong Liew was chosen as the opening act of 2014 Tasting Australia's Eat sessions, held on the main stage at the Town Square in the heart of Adelaide.
Hundreds of fans gathered to listen to him demonstrate how to cook his signature dish - Four Dances of the Sea.
Cheong moved from Malaysia to Australia in 1969. He received his first critical acclaim for his Adelaide based restaurant Nediz and is best known for his prestigious restaurant The Grange, which opened in the Hilton Adelaide in 1995, running successfully for 14 years.
Tasting Australia 2016 will be held from May 1 to 8.
Tickets for the Cheong Liew Tribute Dinner will go on sale later this year.