Take a delicious bite out of the Apple Isle with Spirit of Tasmania

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Do you know the secret to the world’s best lasagne? Is your beef casserole the talk of the town? Are you a master of vegetarian cuisine?

World renowned elite chef Tetsuya Wakuda today announced details of Spirit of Tasmania’s ‘Tassie Tastes Recipe Competition.’ All Australians with a passion for food are encouraged to get involved with this nationwide search to uncover and celebrate some of the public’s great personal recipes.

The winning dish will be included on the onboard restaurant’s specials menu meaning the winner can take pride in the fact that thousands of people are enjoying their dish.

“I encourage anybody who loves food to take part in this wonderful celebration of Australian home cooking. I’m really looking forward to helping to uncover some new and exciting original recipes,” said Tetsuya.

The competition coincides with recent sweeping 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.

To be in with a chance of winning the Major Prize Category, entrants are invited to submit their most treasured home cooked recipe and describe in 150 words or less the story behind it. Perhaps it has been handed down through countless generations, maybe the dish is so good it is talked about by the entire neighbourhood or perhaps it was cooked and enjoyed on a special anniversary.

A Tasmanian Category will look for the best Tassie-themed recipe submitted by a resident of the island state whilst kids’ aged 12 and under from all around the country are invited to put together their own ‘fantasy recipe’ in the form of a short poem for Spirit’s imaginary forthcoming kid’s menu. So whether it’s Sea-Monster Stew or Mermaid Pie, Spirit of Tasmania wants to hear from you!

The winning entry in the Major Prize Category will be picked based on originality, creativity and ultimately taste. This lucky winner will receive a mouth-watering, food-focused holiday for two in Tasmania. Special prizes will also be awarded for the Tasmanian and Kids Fantasy Recipe Categories.

Spirit of Tasmania CEO Charles Griplas said, “Australians love their food and many people up and down the country have recipes that have been in their families for generations.

“We want to celebrate and reward these amazing recipes and traditions and share them with the Australian public.”

Judge and face of the campaign Tetsuya Wakuda is widely recognised as one of the most original, creative and successful culinary talents in Australia. He will be joined on the judging panel by Spirit of Tasmania’s General manager of Retail & Hospitality Nick Harriman and Tim Hess, General Manager Sales & Logistics at Petuna Seafoods.

Call for entries are open until Friday 29 April 2011. The competition is open to anyone residing within Australia. Entry is via website only at www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/recipe. Full terms and conditions can be found at the above website.

For more information visit www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/recipe