Taste of re­gion.

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

A chef from For­est Lodge Resort trav­elled to Perth at the week­end to help pro­mote re­gional agri-tourism and the up­com­ing Cherry Har­mony Fes­ti­val at the Taste of WA event.

Ingo Maass has owned the lodge for 18 months, but has been an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised chef for about 30 years.

He said he had al­ways loved Aus­tralian pro­duce and was the first to in­tro­duce our lo­cal in­gre­di­ents to the Mid­dle East when he was work­ing in Dubai.

“The South­ern Forests Food Coun­cil ap­proached me when they were look­ing for some­one to rep­re­sent the area,” he said.

“We do menu pre­sen­ta­tions at the lodge us­ing all lo­cal pro­duce and we design all our menus with the aim of sup­port­ing lo­cal grow­ers.”

Mr Maass at­tended the Ya­gan Square event in Perth’s CBD to do in­ter­views and chat to peo­ple about why the South­ern Forests dis­trict was known as the food bowl of WA.

“I’ve done lots of events like this over­seas when I was work­ing for big­ger chains like the Mar­riott and Hy­att Re­gency, but it was great to do some­thing like this as an owner of a small busi­ness,” he said.

Mr Maass said he would be ques­tioned on his opin­ions on the lo­cal pro­duce, where the best pro­duce could be found and what the over­all qual­ity was like.

Thales Franca from The Stu­dio Bistro and Nathan Thomas from Laun­dry 43 also joined Mr Maass at the event.

Pic­ture: Holly Thomp­son

For­est Lodge Resort owner and chef Ingo Maass out­side the lodge.

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