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The time for complicated seafood dishes is over, with chefs now taking things back to basics and letting Australian seafood do the talking.

With our pristine waters producing world renowned fish, shellfish and crustaceans packed full of flavour, chefs are opting to let the seafood do the work for them, simply adding clean, complementary ingredients to their natural flavour. 


Australian seafood has unique tastes and textures, which, when paired with a sprinkle of seasoning or a dash of acidic flavours, are sure to be the star of menus. The distinctive flavour profiles also allow restaurants to be more innovative, inspiring some award winning venues to redefine modern Australian cuisine. Chefs are opting to leave fish such as Yellowtail kingfish or Australian tuna rare or combine local seafood with native ingredients to make truly Australian dishes. Sydney Rock oysters garnished with finger lime caviar, local calamari seasoned with Tasmanian mountain pepper or barramundi paired with the aromatic lemon myrtle are becoming more and more popular, gaining traction in the culinary scene.

Not only is Australian seafood versatile and unique, but it’s a great way in which consumers and chefs alike can support local industries, while also encouraging ethical and sustainable eating. Australian fisheries are internationally recognised as some of the best-managed and sustainable in the world, so by going local, consumers and chefs can help to ensure that there is seafood for everyone to enjoy today, tomorrow and into the future. 

The quality and unique flavours of Australian seafood speak for themselves, so it’s no surprise that they are some of the most sought-after species by cafes, take-away and restaurants alike. So what’s stopping you from adding some simple, yet succulent seafood to your menu?

To help you take advantage of what Australian waters have on offer, Bidfood, Australia’s leading foodservice distributor, have released ‘Advanced Australian Fare’ – a guide to creating your own truly modern Australian cuisine. View it now at


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