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New Member: Simon Bryant
Simon Bryant, one of South Australia's favourite chefs and passionate Buy SA advocate is our newest Buy SA Member! The Buy SA team had the chance to ask him a few questions and this is what he had to say:
Where is your favorite place to eat in South Australia and what do you order? I am not all that fancy, I just like thoughtfully sourced food cooked simply but well, so its Etica Pizzeria Mozzarella Bar on Gilles, a simple Margherita will do me just fine.
What is your favorite South Australian produce? I’d have to say too many to mention, we are absolutely spoilt for choice.
What is your favorite thing to cook? When you live with such a diverse range of produce to pick from there are no favourites. I am however a big fan of the bold flavours of some of our states native Australian foods, the fact that they are water wise and grow so well is a bonus because it means they are not a strain on our land or resources, we should definitely be eating more of our indigenous plants.
What makes South Australian food/produce so good? We have so many little micro climates from the endless sunshine at the Riverland, fertile soils on the plains , steady rainfall and great pasture in pockets of the South East, frosty Adelaide Hills , semi arid regions in the Flinders, conservatively managed coast lines providing an array of seafood but the real key is the absolute finesse and care of our great farmers and producers. We have such a great skill base and a tradition of brilliant food production in this state, something we should be very proud of.
Why should the community buy South Australian? Its a no brainer, less time from "pick to plate" means its more nutritional and tastes better. It also means that energy use from cold chains and transport miles is much lower impact. Most importantly for me I want to know who grew my food and have a relationship with the producer. When I was a kid I was told “don’t put that in your mouth, you don’t know where its been” ....need I say more?
Is there anything you would like to share with the Buy SA community? To the food producer members I’d just say keep up the good work, there have been some tough times in the food industry over the last few decades but Food Security is going to be the biggest challenge for world in the coming years. Our states broad and diverse food production base is going to make South Australia one of the most desirable and economically stable places to live and do business, our food producers are going to play a vital role in this future.