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Rangi Mitaera-Johnson

By Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi | Sep 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Rangi Mitaera-Johnson

Rangi Mitaera-Johnson Background: The Cook Islands-based Chef Rangi Mitaera-Johnson always had aspirations of working in the food world. However, instead of following her heart, she followed her head and after leaving school at a young age, she pursued more “secure” office work, and worked several part-time jobs cleaning and even had a six month stint…

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Namalu Coffee Ltd, Papua New Guinea

By CTA Admin | Sep 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Namalu Coffee Ltd, Papua New Guinea

Discover Namalu Coffee Ltd, unique coffee maker from Papua New Guinea.                       Could you please introduce Namalu Coffee Ltd? Where is your coffee grown? We are farmers and operate in Papua New Guinea. We are located in the heart of Goroka Eastern Highlands Province and…

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Sam Timoko

By CTA Admin | Sep 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Sam Timoko

Sam Timoko President of the Cook Islands Chefs Association, Chef  Sam Timoko  is devoted to promoting traditional Polynesian cuisine not only at local level, but also internationally. Chef Timoko received his training in New Zealand at the Auckland University of Technology.   Interview: Chef Sam Timoko, you advocate a healthy and traditional Polynesian cuisine locally…

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Kirk Ruck

By Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi | Aug 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Kirk Ruck

Kirk Ruck Background: Cooking in some of Barbados’ five-star hotels is a far cry from his grand-mom Adella’s kitchen, but Chef Kirk Ruck owes his love of Caribbean cuisine to her. Raised in the Parish of Christ Church in southern Barbados, food has been an integral part of Chef Kirk’s life since his childhood. It…

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Noni Masombuka

By Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi | Aug 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Noni Masombuka

Noni Masombuka Background: A love of fresh produce has inspired Chef Noni Masombuka to become one of South Africa’s innovative and experimental culinary creators. Raised in rural KwaNdebele, in a small South African town called, Noni is one of five children. An introvert, when Noni was young, she would rather be found in her grandmother’s…

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Flavours of Fiji Cooking School

By CTA Admin | Aug 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Flavours of Fiji Cooking School

Driven by a passion of local cuisine, Flavours of Fiji was created so visitors could enjoy and immerse themselves in Fiji’s local culture. Local home-style cooks showcase their delicious local dishes boasting both Fijian & Indo-Fijian flavours. Offering Market Tours & Fijian Cooking Classes, guests start the day with an informative guided market tour through…

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Discover Cacao Fiji : cacao beans for craft chocolate makers of the world

By CTA Admin | Aug 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Discover Cacao Fiji : cacao beans for craft chocolate makers of the world

Interview with Arif Khan, Founder/Director, Cacao Fiji, Fiji Arif Khan, a native Fijian and founder of Cacao Fiji, saw potential for new life in this industry. After working as a realtor in California for seventeen years, Arif decided he wanted to return to his roots and pursue “something agriculture-based…and with an element of social impact.”…

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Christian Abégan

By CTA Admin | Aug 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Christian Abégan

Christian Abégan Background: Born in Cameroon, Christian Abégan has become the benchmark for African cuisine. He has been showing off his skills ever since he graduated from “Le Cordon Bleu” school in Paris. After graduating, he returned to his country of birth, from where he then embarked on a long culinary exploration which took him…

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Discover Aelan Vanuatu’s Original Chocolate Makers!

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Discover Aelan Vanuatu’s Original Chocolate Makers!

Interview with Sandrine Wallez, Manager, AELAN Chocolate Makers, Vanuatu 1) What is ‘ACTIV’, its mains activities, products and partners ? ACTIV (Alternative Communities Trade in Vanuatu) Association is a local organisation based in Port Vila the capital of Vanuatu which works for the economical, social and environmental empowerment of the marginalized and most disadvantaged small scale…

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