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A Taste of Australia for Sanjeev Kapoor!

Mumbai: Sanjeev Kapoor, India’s most well-known celebrity Masterchef travelled on a culinary journey to Australia to film the next season of his show – Out of the World – which will be aired on the nation’s only food and lifestyle channel, Food Food. As part of his delightful gourmet expedition, Sanjeev travelled to four Australian states including Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia to get a taste of some of the finest food and beverage experiences Down Under.

In sync with Tourism Australia’s focus on highlighting the destination’s best food and wine experiences, this show will bring to Indian homes a glimpse of Australia’s finest array of produce served in the most stunning locations. The 15 part series, created by the production company Performance Ltd spearheaded by veteran producer and director Runjiv Kapur, will feature several ‘Best of Australia’ experiences that Sanjeev indulged in during his visit. These included a hot air balloon ride and champagne breakfast, cuddling koalas and feeding kangaroos at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast; climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and visiting the Blue Mountains; chocolate tours and attending the Melbourne Food and Wine event, taking a helicopter ride over the 12 Apostles, visiting Kangaroo Island and blending wines in the Barossa Valley.

One of the highlights of the journey was avid cricket enthusiast Sanjeev meeting famous Aussie cricketer Brett Lee to cook up an Australian barbeque on a yacht cruising along the Sydney Harbour. Sanjeev also visited the Sydney Cricket Ground, Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Adelaide Oval, each being venues of India matches at the upcoming Cricket World Cup in 2015. During his visit, Sanjeev was honored as a ‘Friend of Australia’ by Tourism Australia making him part of an advocacy program alongside local and international opinion leaders to tell their Australian stories.

Mr. Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager, India & Gulf, Tourism Australia, said, ‘Sanjeev is the ultimate authority on food in India and it is an honor to have him join the ‘Friends of Australia’ program endorsing the best of food and travel experiences in Australia. The series ‘Out of Australia’ is a great opportunity for us to showcase the diversity of Australian food experiences through Sanjeev’s journey. We are sure the viewers will find the episodes inspiring and be influenced to experience Australia themselves.’

Speaking about his visit to Australia, Sanjeev Kapoor said ‘I have travelled to Australia multiple times in the past and it has always been a wonderful experience. We had a great time indulging in some uniquely Australian travel experiences and the highlights for me were the interaction with kangaroos and koalas, learning to throw a boomerang as well as sampling a great variety of food. The quality and freshness of the produce, the amalgamation of various cultures and its influence on the tastes and flavors of the food is amazing and something that differentiates the culinary scene of Australia globally.’

Australia has witnessed a healthy increase in arrivals from India. There were 11,600 visitors from India during January 2014, bringing the total for the twelve months to January to almost 170,000, an increase of 9.1 per cent relative to the same period the previous year.