Published on February 4

Boarding Pass to Asia TOPA

Discover flavours, ideas and iconic places through the minds of leading chefs and artists in the Asia-Pacific.

Asia TOPA not only showcases the creativity and diversity of artists, but also celebrates cultural connections and journeys through food, adding another component to the festival. Arts Centre Melbourne’s Director, Customer Innovation Frank Bischoff, visited Kyoto, Tokyo and the bustling hawker markets of Singapore to discover local cuisines. He also had the opportunity to meet with seasoned chefs, who create and influence the taste of their culture. Frank’s journey of inspiration is documented through a series of videos called Boarding Pass to Asia TOPA, which is available now on the Asia TOPA website.

“It was an incredible privilege to meet with Singapore Airlines International Culinary Panelist Yoshihiro Murata, [who is a] Michelin star chef and master of traditional Keiseki Japanese cuisine in Kyoto,” he says. “Seeing how Singaporean cuisine is translated and interpreted by Antony McNeil, Singapore Airlines Director of Food and Beverage after a visit to the Tiong Bahru Hawkers Centre in Singapore was another fascinating insight.”

Alongside his team, Frank has turned these insights into delicious menus for the Asia TOPA audiences to enjoy throughout the festival at Arts Centre Melbourne.

“The results of the trip have been incredible. [It] is inspiring our culinary and mixologist teams – taking inspiration and creating their own interpretations of the dishes we tasted. They’ve developed a dessert inspired by the famous Singapore Sling, created a cold soba noodle dish that must be experienced to be believed, and rewritten the book on the famous satay. I hope our visitors will enjoy the fantastic offer at The Barre, Café Vic and throughout our foyer bars during Asia TOPA.”

View the full series of Boarding Pass to Asia TOPA and Frank’s culinary journey.