Murray River produce is mastering the MasterChefs

June 19, 2017

MasterChef judges Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston with (front) Chef Heston Blumenthal

MAKE sure you are watching MasterChef Australia tomorrow night to see the Murray region’s local produce featured on the cooking show.

‘Heston Week’ will see high-profile UK chef Heston Blumenthal join contestants and judges in the Swan Hill and Mildura Wentworth regions to create dishes using local produce.

The Channel TEN show aired an episode filmed in Swan Hill last night while the Mildura Wentworth episode filmed predominantly at Murray River Salts harvest site will air on Tuesday, June 20.

Murray River Tourism (MRT) chief executive officer Mark Francis said the episodes showcase local produce in the region.

“We are so pleased to have been involved in the process of securing MasterChef to film two episodes in the Murray,’’ he said.

“The episodes take viewers on a fantastic foodie adventure showcasing our outstanding produce and profiling local businesses to the whole of Australia which is a fantastic result for the local tourism industry.

“The Murray is Australia’s food bowl, providing an abundance of wonderful and unique culinary experiences for visitors to the region, which along with Agri tourism has long been, and continues to be a focus for MRT.

‘‘Viewers tuning in will be exposed to the exotic tastes of the Murray and the spectacular scenery along the legendary river.’’

MRT works in partnership with Visit Victoria, Destination New South Wales and 13 local government areas and regional tourism associations to drive the development of the tourism industry within the Murray region.

To leverage the Swan Hill and Mildura Wentworth MasterChef episodes, MRT has secured a partnership with Hotels Combined offering visitors hot winter food and wine deals.

■For more information you can go to www.visitthemurray.com.au

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