Papua New Guinea chefs will be the newcomers in the 2022 Pacific Island Food Revolution (PFR) contest that will be held in Fiji.
Pacific Island Food Revolution executive director Robert Oliver confirmed that they chose to shoot the entire season in Fiji because of the travel restrictions still in place in most of the Pacific countries.
“We announced the audition call at the end of June and this has been met with great enthusiasm,” Mr. Oliver said.
The competition will also feature cooks from Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, and Fiji and all contestants will need to be in Fiji during the shoot in August.
“However, since the announcement we have been inundated with applications from across the region which is both exciting and challenging for our screening process.”
Potential competitors were chosen during the audition which ended in June 2022.
Mr Oliver thanked the Vanuatu High Commission, High Commission of Samoa, PNG High Commission, Sina and Taholo Kami, the University of the South Pacific, and the Fiji National University, for their assistance with the promotion of the auditions.
2020 Pacific Island Food Revolution winners Team Fiji Krystelle Lavaki and Sikipio Fihaki referred to their experience throughout the competition as a spiritual experience.
Speaking to media in Fiji, she said they were overwhelmed and thrilled especially for being part of the big family of food warriors from the Pacific that came together and showed the world their skills, and what family means to them, and of course the food.
2019 Pacific Island Food Revolution champions Team Vanuatu’s Knox Taleo and Leo Vusilai were the first to win the competition and shared their experience as nothing less than extraordinary.
“I feel so proud of what me and Leo have done, the Vanuatu food culture is a gem and now we have shown it to the world,” Mr Taleo said.
The Pacific Island Food Revolution showcases the unique flavors of the Pacific, where contestants prepare their traditional foods, with their own unique Pacific style cuisine.