How many times have you been told to stop playing with your food? Usually it is an admonition to stop shoveling it around the plate and eat it, but we just found a whole new reason for the old warning.
An unidentified flyer travelling from Sydney to Brisbane on Friday was taken aback by her dinner. Luckily, she took a picture of it before tucking into it. You are just simply not going to believe her meal.
The unidentified woman was a business class passenger aboard a Qantas airlines flight from Sydney to Brisbane.
When the flight attendant presented her dinner meal, the woman looked down and saw the most remarkably phallic vegetable she, or perhaps any of us, has ever seen.
When she asked exactly what it was, the flight attendant responded with “it’s a root vegetable.”
Heading up the culinary program for Qantas Airlines is celebrity chef Neil Perry, who has been partnering with the company since 2007, with the stated goal of elevating the in-flight dining experience.
Perry is an Australian chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter. He also is the co-ordinator for Qantas Flight Catering under his company Rockpool Consulting. He also cooks high quality Korean BBQ foods and is an expert in Asian cuisine.
Perry co-owns and is executive chef of numerous restaurants in Australia. In Sydney, he runs three restaurants located in the city’s CBD: his flagship fine-dining establishment Rockpool, modern Chinese restaurant Spice Temple, and steakhouse Rockpool Bar & Grill.
In Melbourne, there is the original incarnation of Rockpool Bar & Grill as well as the fine-dining Rosetta, which opened in late 2012.
Perry’s career in the hospitality industry began with managing Sails restaurants at the Sydney suburb of McMahons Point, and then at Rose Bay. This was where most of Perry’s floor management skills were learnt.
By the time he was 24 he found himself gravitating towards the kitchen, and realised his passion for cooking by working with, and learning from over the ensuing years, chefs such as Damien Pignolet, Gay Bilson, Stephanie Alexander, Steve Manfredi and David Thompson. Although he uses the title, Perry never actually completed a chef apprenticeship.
Perry became head chef at Barrenjoey Restaurant, Palm Beach and was given creative control over Perry’s in Paddington. In October 1986, Perry opened the Blue Water Grill at Bondi Beach which became an overnight success.
He then opened Rockpool in February 1989 with his business partner and cousin Trish Richards.
In 2007, Perry opened Rockpool Bar & Grill in Melbourne. Less formal than Rockpool, the restaurant is an upmarket steakhouse, located in Crown Casino.
High quality beef cooked over wood-fire grill, supported by a modern and international à la carte menu form the backbone of the food served.
In spite of the riskiness of opening a large restaurant (serving up to 200 people a day) in a venue as high profile and lucrative as Crown Casino, the restaurant has proved a major success for Perry.
Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne has also received positive reviews from critics since opening, including being awarded two coveted “chefs hats” in the Melbourne Good Food Guide.
Perry is also a notable food personality within Australia, appearing on Channel Nine’s food program, Fresh and being a major presenter on channel the digital subscribers network, Foxtel, on the LifeStyle and LifeStyle Food channels in Australia and on BBC2 in Britain.
He has also recently starred on Martha Stewart’s shows.
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