This yearai??i??s winning Samoan and Polynesian cuisine beat 187 countries that participated in the competition. Of the 94 that were shortlisted, 61 made the top three. Finalists were from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and USA. This was the first year that China hosted the awards. Accepting the accolade at the Daxing Centre in Beijing, Oliver said that he felt both honoured and humbled. ai???I guess at this point you could say that Samoa cuisine has truly arrived on the world stage,ai??? he added.
– CONGRATULATIONS ROBERT OLIVER!