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PERTH foodies' familiarity with German cuisine is due in no small part to the well-established Elmar's businesses in Mount Lawley and in the Swan Valley, whose products are used by many chefs around town.

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PERTH foodies' familiarity with German cuisine is due in no small part to the well-established Elmar's businesses in Mount Lawley and in the Swan Valley, whose products are used by many chefs around town.

But the appointment of German-born Ralf Vogt as executive chef of the Burswood Entertainment Complex will certainly bring a new dimension to the locals' understanding and appreciation of German food.

Among his more notable roles, Mr Vogt worked as executive chef at Hilton Bay Tokyo and at the Hilton, Munich.

He says his Burswood appointment was the realisation of a dream to bring his family to live in Australia.

During his career Mr Vogt has cooked for George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, Boris Becker, the late Luciano Pavarotti, and former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher.

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Although the Great Southern has some of the best wines in the state, the distance can make it difficult to keep in touch with new vintages.

With this in mind, the Wine Industry Association of Western Australia is holding 'Taste of WA: Great Southern, Pemberton, Manjimup and Blackwood Valley' regional wine tasting evening.

The tasting will include samples of 3 Drops, Plantagenet Wines, Trevelen Farm, Peos Estate, and Fonty's Pool Wines, together with canap├ęs, in the heart of the Perth CBD.

The event will be held on the second floor terrace of the Perth Concert Hall on Thursday November 27 from 5.30pm to 8.00pm.

Bookings are essential as spaces are limited. Registrations are due by 5pm Monday November 24.

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Western Australia is a state of seafood lovers, but with stocks under pressure and prices rising, getting what you want is becoming a challenging exercise.

To assist consumers, the WA Fishing Industry Council is launching a Seafood Lovers Club this month, which will provide information on where to find seafood, how to prepare it, how to cook it, and the best spots to eat out.

The club has been designed and created exclusively in WA, and will be launched on November 17.

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