This week The Warwick Fiji is delighted to have acclaimed Chef and Restaurateur Mario Alfieri visiting the resort to share his knowledge and skills with its team of chefs at “Pappagalo” Italian restaurant.
Fiji Islands – February 29th 2016 – Mario is undertaking a daily training programme with the resort’s local chefs throughout the week and giving hands on instruction in his techniques in the Pappagallo kitchen.
Brad Downton, General Manager of The Warwick Fiji, said “We are very excited to have Chef Mario here to provide training for the chefs in our Italian restaurant Pappagalo. It is a great opportunity for them to learn from a master chef who was at the forefront of creative Italian cuisine on Australia’s Gold Coast for over 30 years.”
Mario’s previous restaurant “The Dining Room” won a string of awards including Best Italian Restaurant in Brisbane for three consecutive years and Best Italian Restaurant in Queensland. And in a country where good Italian restaurants abound his second place in Australia’s Best Italian Restaurant award was no mean feat.
Mario describes his food as Classic Italian style with a modern touch. He said “Food is like fashion – people get tired of it – it changes but you always go back to the basics.”
“It’s important to innovate because essentially cooking is just repeating itself and there is always a little more that you can achieve” he said. “I teach chefs to find something new every day because something new is there.” He likens this search for innovation in food with art and uses famous painters such as Picasso and Dali as examples.
Born in Naples, Italy Mario’s passion for cooking began when he was very young. As there was an age gap of 11 years between him and his sister, he was always in the kitchen watching his mother who was a very good cook. “In Italy” he said “everything revolves around food.”
“The most innovative cuisines in the world, such as Chinese, Italian and Japanese have come from countries where there was no affluence,” he said. “The less you’ve got the more creativity you have. After World War II in Italy people created meals with what little they had. In those times no one discarded anything – you used everything,” he said.
Mario last visited Fiji in the early 1980’s. He is impressed with how Fiji has developed and that almost all produce and ingredients are now available here.
Mario’s menu which features his signature dishes such as “Fettucini with Crab and Prawns” starts this week at Pappagalo which is one of the five restaurants at The Warwick Fiji.
He will personally be in the Pappagalo kitchen sharing his techniques and wealth of knowledge until Saturday 5 March 2016.
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