The distinctive flavours of Fijian meals have drawn in vacationers for years however the identical creativity isn’t on provide on the subject of cocktails.
These had been the ideas of famend chef Lance Seeto when talking of the significance of correct coaching for native mixologists.
Cloud 9 and The Distillery Co Fiji just lately hosted a cocktail competitors for native bartenders with Seeto, proprietor of Kanu Gastropub on the judging panel for his experience in creating distinctive flavours with an area contact.
He believes bringing that native style and creativity to cocktails would give vacationers a purpose to plan repeat journeys to Fiji.
“We’d like that mixture of flavours that make it uniquely Fijian. So a piña colada for instance ought to style totally different in Fiji than it does in, say Jamaica. So we have to discover; what’s that distinction that makes it Fiji,” he mentioned.
“Some years in the past you’d wrestle to get good espresso at any resorts or accommodations right here. And the explanation was; Fijians don’t drink a lot espresso. Visually it was there, they’d have the attractive designs within the foam, nevertheless it was instantaneous espresso. It’s the identical for cocktails proper now.”
“And on the finish of the day we lack the coaching establishments to do that. So that is form of like our trade coaching,” he mentioned of the cocktail competitors.
He hopes extra such competitions might be organised within the close to future to push native mixology to a stage the place it actually makes its mark on the tourism trade.