When it’s winter here in the United States, it’s summertime Down Under. When we’re layering on fleece, flannels, and mittens, Aussies are layering on sunscreen and lighting up the barbie.
The reputation of an Australian will usually proceed him or her: They’re fun, they’re great travelers, they’re hard-working and yet they’re so laidback. It’s no wonder why they’re able to craft some of the most impeccable meals and wine.
We spoke with one of our favorite Aussies, legendary Greg Norman, (aka The Shark), and he colored the scrumptious details of Australian cuisine.
Top Favorite Aussie Foods
From golf travel to business voyages, Greg Norman’s adventures have taken him across the globe, allowing him to experience diverse and delicious dishes along the way.
But no matter where Greg Norman goes, his heart and palate remain true to Australia’s exciting culture and flavors.
Through food, Greg Norman takes us on a journey to Australia, from his favorite restaurants, to recipes and wines from Melbourne to Sydney.
Roasted Pork, Sweet Potato, and Cabbage—Oh My!
When Greg Norman thinks about Australia, he also thinks about the delicious Aussie food choices.
“I grew up in Australia, so Aussie cuisine is some of my favorites,” he said. “When I think of quintessential food from home, three dishes immediately come to mind: roast pork prepared the Aussie way, with crackly, flavourful skin, a sweet potato, cabbage and a whole roasted onion. This is probably my favorite plate.”
Roasted onion is an Australian essential, and it’s quite simple to prepare. Just a little bit of oil, salt, and pepper go a long way in creating this yummy appetizer.
Australian Meat Pies
A meat pie is the ultimate Australian food for the soul. It’s a hand-sized pastry that’s filled with diced or minced meat, gravy, and sometimes onions, mushrooms, and cheese.
“A traditional Aussie Meat Pie is another great dish that’s perfect for when you’re on the go or you just need something hearty. It is our version of comfort food.”
Meat pies are usually eaten for lunch, they’re easy to pack and carry, and you can enjoy them while watching a rugby game.
Gourmet Australian Foods and Wine
You can find some of the best beef in the world, in Australia. Greg Norman’s Wagyu Filet is phenomenal. With his meal kit, you don’t have to travel to a steakhouse in Australia in order to enjoy this quality, medium-rare perfection.
But if you ever do find yourself in Australia, Greg Norman has some insider tips as to where you would want to dine.
“I’ve eaten at a lot of great restaurants all over the world, but nothing compares to the dining experiences I’ve had in Australia. Vlados, Flower Drum, and Minamishima are my favorite Melbourne spots. In Sydney, I love to dine out at Jade Temple, Rockpool Bar and Grill, and The Paddington. When you are in Brisbane, don’t miss Cha Cha Char Wine Bar and Restaurant and Customs House.”
And of course, you’ll want to sip on a glass of elegant wine while you’re enjoying an elegant dinner.
“No good meal is complete without a glass of wine. Australian grapes are fantastic. Some of my favorites are Devil’s Lair, Leeuwin Estates, Flametree, and the Reserve Shiraz from my very own Greg Norman wine collection.”
What do you think, are you ready to eat like an Australian?
The Best of Australia at Your Table
If you were in Australia, what would be the first thing you’d want to eat? How do you like your steak, on the more rare side or well-done? What do you think about Vegemite? Start the conversation by leaving a comment or question below.
Hungry for more? Explore all of the delicious Greg Norman meal kits, from gourmet steaks to juicy burgers, seafood, and finger-licking, delicious finger foods.