It seems the richest country in the world per capita enjoy eating lamb, and most of it is sourced from Ozzie! It was therefore a fantastic proud moment for me and an opportunity to showcase some of our finest New Zealand lamb, when I was invited to cook for approximately 30 of the top chefs in Doha, Qatar.
With not so much as a blade of grass in sight, I was very pleased to hear the "oohs and ahhhs" as the chefs tasted grass fed and various herb finished lamb samples I served up.
From what little I saw of Doha (stunning architecture) and the conversations I had with the chefs, it is certainly an interesting and fascinating country with a diverse culture.
Food wise, the highlight was without doubt a Persian dinner experience of 13 antipasto style dishes which was so amazingly pure in taste and perfectly executed......we couldn’t even consider main courses..
Qatar certainly was not a country I had ever thought of going to - but I look forward to exploring (if only for the cuisine!!) again.
Author - Geoff Scott
Acclaimed Chef, Consultant and Food Writer