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Pacific Island Food Revolution Season 2 starts this week

Teams of two from across the Pacific compete in various competitions in reality cooking show Pacific Island Food Revolution. Photo: PIFR

The second season of reality cooking show Pacific Island Food Revolution starts this week in New Zealand.

Hosted by Kiwi chef Robert Oliver, the series shines a spotlight on the different cuisines of the Pacific and the people who make them.

Teams of two from Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa compete in various competitions that both highlight the skills of the participants and also educate viewers about how food can be used to help solve some of the region’s ongoing challenges, such as the effects of climate change and health-related conditions such as diabetes and obesity.

Featured in the series are a talented community of Pacific food and wellbeing heroes; these include Tonga’s Princess Royal Salote Pilolevu Tuita, Chef Dora Rossi from Samoa, Dr Jone Hawea from Fiji and ‘Queen of Vanuatu Cuisine’ Votausi Mackenzie-Reur and Tongan Olympian and UNICEF Ambassador Pita Taufatofua.

Pacific Island Food Revolution aims to disrupt the status quo and catalyse the role of local food in not only improving health and wellbeing but also contributing to economic development, tourism, gender, agribusiness and climate change in Pacific.

“The ripple effects of this series have already been seen,” Robert says.

“Showcasing local cooking – and its unique flavours and ingredients – improves life in the Pacific in many ways. It supports local farmers, it creates more sustainable ways of cooking, it highlights the wisdom of the indigenous cultures but, most importantly, it proves that these cuisines are something to be extraordinarily proud of.”

Episode 1 of the Season 2 starts this Saturday 24th October at 10am on TVNZ 1 (right after Tagata Pasifika!)

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