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Gastronomic SA Gala Attracts Michelin Connection

Three internationally-renowned chefs are flying to Adelaide from Singapore, Japan and France respectively for a one-night stand at Adelaide Town Hall this September.

Three internationally-renowned chefs are flying to Adelaide from Singapore, Japan and France especially for a one-night stand at Adelaide Town Hall on September 30th, further signalling that the passion for food in South Australia won’t be going out of fashion any time soon.

Not just making up the numbers, leading Australian chefs whose passion takes them around the world on occasion too, will be flying a shorter distance but also demonstrating their love and commitment for their craft.

Locally-created, the Asia In SA gala dinner has quickly gathered momentum since its inaugural event in 2015 and expects to land a nice number for two charity recipients, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and Opportunity International Australia, when it presents its second grand gastronomic gala.

Adelaide Town Hall’s stunning auditorium will be filled with Adelaide foodies when 2 Michelin Star award winning, Chinese Ironchef successor, Chen Kentaro cooks up a spectacular dish. Originating from Japan, Chen Kentaro opened his first restaurant outside Japan called Shisen Hanten in Singapore, two years ago.

Native Singaporean, Executive Chef, Janice Wong, also flies into Adelaide to add her skills to this gastronomic spectacle to wow Adelaideans with her amazing deserts. Le Cordon Bleu Paris trained Janice, learnt her trade from world-leading chef’s, US luminaries Thomas Keller and Grant Achatz, virtuoso Spanish chocolatier Oriol Balaguer and prodigious French Chef, Pierre Herme.

Events like this don’t just happen. Cook for Charity guru, and well-known Melbourne chef, Jeffrey Tan figures largely behind the Asia In SA event scene. Chef de Cuisine Tan, founded Cooking for Charity in 2006, a program that inspired the birth of Asia in SA, and has raised over $3million for a range of charities and celebrates its 10th year in 2016.

Ironchef Mark Normoyle, who heads the RACV Club in Melbourne, and won 2nd place at the 2016 Executive Chef of the Year, will arrive in Adelaide several days ahead of the event to execute the final food planning and logistics for what is set to be a night to remember.

Australian-Asian businesswoman and founder, Susan Lee, Managing Director of SA award-winning exporter, Soniclean, highlights the six-course degustation as a great way to connect the cultures of Asia and South Australia through exquisite food, South Australian ingredients and an incredible team of Asian and Australian chefs.

“The event will open doors to new opportunities, create synergies, foster greater understanding with business leaders and VIPs attending to appreciate the events vibe, support the charities and experience some of Adelaide’s best food yet,” Susan says.

This year, Asia In SA gala event proceeds expects to help more than 1000 women in Indonesia access small loans provided and managed through Opportunity International Australia, to help them start a business, earn an income and leave poverty behind. 98% of these loans are then recycled so the impact continues year after year and the compound assistance can grow exponentially. Former Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneurial award winner, Opportunity International Australia is currently helping 3.5 million families in India, Philippines, and Indonesia.

Locally, with Asia In SA’s support, funds raised will significantly benefit research into the prevention of Type 2 diabetes. A current collaborative project is being conducted by Wan Xian Kang at SAHMRI in Adelaide alongside scientists in Singapore and Qingdao, China. A significant number of Asian researchers are working across SAHMRI’s seven themes of research and many collaborations are taking place with Asian institutes, with an expectation these will expand over time.

SAHMRI is a major research centre focusing on improving the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of some of the greatest health issues that face the community, including chronic disease, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and mental health.

More information about Asia In SA’s Gala Dinner is available at – there are a few tickets still available! So jump to it!

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