Issue 71 - January
Me’a Kai cookbook finalist for “Best
Book of the Year”
Pacific Islands cookbook
Robert Oliver, author of Me’a Kai, which covers cuisine and delicacy dishes of the pacific
islands including Vanuatu, contacted VTO this week with an exciting announcement that his book is currently on the
shortlist of four finalists to win “Best Book of the Year". The award will be announced in Paris on March 3rd
during Paris Cookbook Fair.
According to the president and founder of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Mr Edouard
Cointreau, Me’a Kai highlights a breakthrough in linking sustainable food, the economic interests of local
agriculture, and tourism services. It is further commented on as being a benchmark for similar efforts in other
parts of the world. The book is entertaining, profound and efficient, with all the high quality of Random House New
Zealand hardcovers. This year, 154 countries participated in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, entering books in
53 categories. The Vanuatu Tourism Office would like to congratulate Mr Oliver for this historical achievement
placing Vanuatu and the south pacific region into the eyes of world class authors.
New Manager at The Havannah Resort
The Havannah Resort, north Efate island, has announced its new managers Owen and Tish
Mete. Owen and Tish opened and managed Chantilly’s on the Bay six years ago, returned to New Zealand, and have now
come back to Vanuatu to manage the Havannah. This beautiful resort is set on the white sand
peninsula of Samoa point, on north Efate. Owen and Tish can be reached via email on: email@example.com.
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