Subel Bhandari: I don’t usually win prizes at events. Sydney seems to be doing me a favour. I was very happy to win a dinner for two at Zaffran Indian restaurant. My wife has just arrived in Sydney so we are planning to use the voucher soon. Sydney, in general, has developed an amazing taste for authentic cuisine. Zaffran takes it up a notch by being innovative with its exquisite food; Rose Creme Brulee, for example, is embellished with contemporary aroma and exotic flavours. It’s a bit like Master Chef meets Indian ammi’s kitchen. Slightly expensive, but the price is right for a celebratory feast as the dishes are sapid and sumptuous. The view of the harbour and the city skyline and the staff, who were very willing to accommodate dietary restrictions, only make the whole affair an event to remember.
Raj Suri: As a member of the FCA for the past 15 years, the annual Christmas dinner is a special one. Usually this is the event where we all get together with our partners for the end of the year catch up and also get to meet new FCA members from around the world. The venue choice and the food is always great along with the relaxed FCA atmosphere of friends and partners. This time was no different. It was great to catch up with friends from the world of news and also from outside the media industry. The welcome drinks, three course Indian grand feast with the presentation by the master chef, Vikrant Kapoor, at the Zaffran restaurant at Sydney’s iconic Darling Harbour. There were lucky draw prizes sponsored by Tourism Australia, Cellar Masters and Zaffran. A great evening spent with colleagues and their families. The only unusual experience was that for the first time I won a lucky draw prize at the FCA! A Gift Wine Voucher from Cellar Masters that will come in very handy during these long summer holidays!
Thorsten Joses: I won the Tourism Australia sponsored prize. I am hoping to use the return airfare for two to Ningaloo Reef.