Australian cuisine has gone a long way from the traditional “bush tucker” diet of the aboriginal tribes. From native staples such as kangaroo, crocodile, and native berries, it has evolved into a diverse mix of international flavors, thanks to the strong influence of colonizers and immigrants that trickled into the continent through the years.

To demonstrate the wonders of Australian fare, The Peninsula Manila recently brought in renowned Chefs Greg Doyle, Steven Skelly, and Nic Waring from The Sailors Club in Sydney.

“It’s meant to be a little bit fun and not to be taken seriously,” says Nic, the Executive Pastry Chef, about their interpretation of modern Australian cuisine, which they described as a mix of Mediterranean and Italian food. “We want it to be tasty, but at the same time we just want to be having a bit of fun.”

True enough, modern Australian food is indeed fun, as it's a delightful mishmash of various international flavors. British and Irish produce such as cattle and sheep were added to the Aussie diet in the late 1700s, making fish and chips and meat pies culinary traditions in the country. The steady stream of foreigners that moved into the country in the last century further diversified the country’s food choices, with the introduction of Asian and Mediterranean fare heavily influencing the cuisine.

Native fare, such as kangaroo, is still served, but is modernized through the addition of foreign ingredients and cooking methods. The sustainability of ingredients, especially seafood, is likewise a priority for Australians. “We don’t buy from another area, we use what’s in season,” Executive Chef Steven shares.

Curious to find out what to expect from modern Australian cuisine? Scroll through the gallery below to see some creations from these three talented chefs.

Tasting Australia at The Peninsula Manila’s Old Manila Restaurant will be held from 11:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. and at 6:30 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. until February 1 and from 6:30 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. on February 2. For inquiries or reservations, call The Peninsula Manila at 887-2888 or email

(All photos courtesy of The Peninsula Manila.)

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