Seafood is a recipe for success on Spirit of Tasmania

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Spirit of Tasmania is delighted to announce the winners of its Tassie Tastes Recipe Competition. The nationwide search has uncovered and celebrated the Australian public’s great personal recipes.

In what was a fitting result for an iconic ship, seafood was the order of the day with scallops being a prominent ingredient in the two winning recipes. Janette Martin of Yarra Glen in Victoria won the judges’ approval in the Major Prize Category with her tantalising recipe for Woodbridge Salmon & Scallops. In the Tasmanian Category, Simone Bett of Mt Nelson was victorious with her recipe for Seared Tasmanian Scallops with Roasted Beetroot, Walnut and Baby Spinach Salad.

With more than 330 recipes received over the past two months the competition was fierce. The Major Prize and Tasmanian Category winners were decided by the judging panel during a flavoursome taste test on board Spirit of Tasmania at East Devonport today.

Spirit of Tasmania’s General Manager of Retail & Hospitality, Nick Harriman said, “It was a great pleasure to taste six delicious recipes today. The quality of these recipes meant it was a very tough choice.

“The competition has been a great success. The panel has been impressed with the many high quality recipes received. The fantastic response proves that Australians share a great love of food and take pride in their home cooking.

“We have discovered some truly mouth-watering recipes from a diverse range of world-wide cuisines. Many of the entries have been passed down through generations.”

Meanwhile, 12 year old Ernie Donato of Wantirna South in Victoria won the Kids’ Fantasy Recipe Category with the following poetic submission:

“Eight Octopus Tentacles; A handful of barnacles; Half a mermaids tail; Then, add the eye of a whale; Mix it all up in a sunken treasure chest; Cook for an hour until it tastes the best; Nice served with star fish sprinkles, and a couple of periwinkles.”

Woodbridge Salmon & Scallops will now be featured as part of the on-board restaurant’s specials menu, meaning Janette Martin can take pride in the fact that thousands of people are enjoying her dish. Janette will receive a mouth-watering, food-focused holiday for two in Tasmania worth over $4,700. Special prizes have also been awarded for the Tasmanian and Kids Fantasy Recipe Categories.

The competition coincides with recent hospitality changes on board the ships, which have seen the best of Tasmania’s foods and wines being made available to passengers. The new menus have been accompanied by name changes to the bars and restaurants, reflecting the strong Tasmanian influence.

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