23 May 2017
Indonesian-born Australians Tasia and Gracia Seger, known as the Spice Sisters and winners of the 2016 Australian cooking competition TV show My Kitchen Rules, shared their skills and samples of their winning recipes with hospitality students during a cooking demo at Podomoro University, Jakarta.
Specializing in Asian cuisine, the Spice Sisters believe their success is built on the fusion of their Indonesian and Australian ancestry and the many experiences they have inherited from both countries. Their most used ingredients: chilli, garlic, onion, shallots and rice — are reflective of their Asian heritage. They are constantly developing new fusions within traditional Asian cooking, combining innovative dishes and modernising plating.
The Spice Sisters cooking was put to the ultimate test during My Kitchen Rules series 7, a famous Australian cooking competitive show. Indonesian traditional dishes such as Satay, Beef Rendang and Ayam Bakar with Sambal and Tempeh were some of the dishes that successfully brought the sisters through to the finals. The sisters won MKR series 7, earning a near-perfect score for their five course extravaganza in the finals.
Tasia and Gracia attribute their love of cooking to helping in the kitchen from an early age. “There was always cooking at home, we always had that wonderful nice warm rice on the cooker smell in the house,” said Tasia. They also note that their skills and ‘feel for food’ was inspired by their Indonesian mother and grandmother, “Both of who are awesome cooks,” Gracia added.
“Fabulous dishes cooked up by Tasia and Gracia using renowned Indonesian dishes with an Australian twist. A wonderful blend of combining the best of both worlds,” said Australian Ambassador Paul Grigson.
The Spice Sisters still continue to promote Indonesian cuisines back home in Australia, with their homemade Satay Sauce and Indonesian pop-up restaurant being instantly sold-out upon release. Apart from further deepening their knowledge of traditional cooking while in Indonesia, the sisters were also guest speakers at the Ubud Food Festival earlier this May.
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