Gourmet Escape: WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey showing off best of WA produce to Chinese chefs


Don Hancey with sautéed abalone. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Don Hancey with sautéed abalone. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey will be cooking seafood with two Chinese chefs to promote West Australian produce as part of Gourmet Escape this week.

The Pardoo Beef Corporation is hosting Hongsheng Chen and Guohui Tan for the Gourmet Escape and the pair will be cooking for 100 diners at the second annual Augusta Seafood Discovery Lunch next Friday.

Mr Hancey, who is based in Osborne Park, said green lip abalone would be on the menu and was very popular with the Asian market.

“The Chinese market have realised WA has some of the strictest health and hygiene regulations in the world and we’ve got some of the most sustainable fisheries in the world,” he said.

“So why not buy off fishermen that fish sustainably and value and look after their products.”

Mr Hancey said the visiting chefs were among 10 he had cooked with at a Shenzhen dinner for 354 people in April where chefs Chen and Tan were made WA Food Envoys.

“These guys will get to see abalone and lobster boats in action, meet a fisherman who’s supplying us with fresh whiting… they’ll get to see where their products are coming from,” he said.

Pardoo Beef Corporation owner Bruce Cheung said he wanted to introduce China’s talented chefs to local producers in the hope they would take the products back to China and show people how the ingredients could be used in Chinese cooking.

“This could provide real business opportunities to WA as its agricultural sector is poised for a new growth phase,” Mr Cheung said.