Samoa: Food Revolution starts at home

One of Samoa’s leading chefs, Dora Laura Elisiana Rossi, is the co-host of the Pacific Island Food Revolution: a reality television style cooking competition with a Pacific flavour. The restaurateur behind Paddles Restaurant and Milani Caffè joined forces with celebrity chef Robert Oliver last year to make the Samoan set of a 12-part show, which spans the Pacific highlighting healthy, local and traditional food.

A lover of good food herself, Ms Rossi said getting on board the project felt natural.

“I create menus for both businesses utilising fresh, organic produce straight from our Samoan farms,” she said.

“I love the opportunity to be able to create demand through my menus, resulting in steady income for local farming families.”

Both Paddles and Milani are supplied by local organic farmers under the “Farm to table” initiative created by Women in Business Development Incorporated (W.I.B.D.I) and Robert Oliver in 2013. The co-founder and executive director of WIBDI, Adimaimalaga (Adi) Tafuna’i features in the episode sharing her vision for good food.

Mr Oliver partners with a different food expert across Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu in Fiji. Ms Rossi was his pick for Samoa, a country they both call home. She said this is an opportunity to showcase Samoa.

“[The show] shines a bright light on local cuisine knowledge, highlighting the fact that the answer to good health lies in Samoa’s local and fresh indigenous foods,” she said.

“We want people to see that everything we need to lead healthy lives is in our plantations and our local markets.”

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