MTA – Mobile Travel Agents brand ambassador Jessica Watson OAM is no stranger to a challenge.
 It’s a well know fact she has single-handedly circumnavigated the world, danced with the stars on national television, captained Sydney-Hobart yacht races in atrocious conditions and volunteered to work with youngsters in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, one of her many charitable causes. 

But Jessica’s latest challenge at the MTA ‘Power of Community’ National Conference from 04-06 March has her taking on a completely new role. In addition to her ambassadorial activities and assisting helping MC Dan Gregory throughout the conference, Jessica will also be donning chefs’ whites to assist celebrity chef Lance Seeto cook at a ‘conference wind down’ family fun event MTA has planned on Sunday, 06 March at Broadwater Parklands. 

Chef Seeto, head chef at Fiji’s Mana Island Resort and a close friend of MTA co-managing directors, Roy and Karen Merricks, has planned a Fijian style BBQ on the day with Fiji’s national dish ‘Kokoda’ (pronounced Kokonda) top of the menu as a special treat for those MTA Members and their families attending the event. Australian-born Chef Seeto is high profile on the Pacific culinary scene. 

An award-winning international food and travel writer, author, television presenter and life foods chef, he is credited with single-handedly igniting a culinary revolution across Fiji and has been integral in getting its people, restaurants and tourism partners to think differently about Fiji’s tropical island cuisine. Chef Seeto is also the country’s first Culinary Ambassador to Fiji Airways with his signature business class dishes appearing across the airline’s international network. 

“While not known as a Gordon Ramsay type chef, none the less Lance is a perfectionist so we hope Jessica can rise to the challenge,” Karen Merricks said.   

Jessica Watson OAM
MTA Ambassador, Jessica Watson OAM


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