Indonesia's 'sexy chef' falls for Queenstown

GRANT BRYANT IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 05:00 22/11/2012
Farrah Quinn
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HOT IN THE KITCHEN: Indonesia’s ‘‘sexy chef’’ Farrah Quinn visits Queenstown’s Amisfield Bistro on her latest visit to Queenstown, which is sure to be popular with her hordes of social media followers.

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Indonesia's "sexy chef", acting as an ambassador raising awareness of New Zealand as a travel destination for her countrymen and women, can't get enough of Queenstown.

Farrah Quinn has been dubbed "the sexy chef" in Indonesia, through hosting the hit television cooking show Ala Chef.

She was first introduced to Queenstown by New Zealand's Ambassador to Indonesia, David Taylor, and has since been acting as a travel ambassador through Auckland International Airport, which has a strategic alliance with Queenstown Airport.

Her first visit to the resort was during the Trenz tourism conference in May, but she touched down for a return visit on Tuesday.

Speaking to The Southland Times yesterday, she said being able to take some time to bungy jump, skydive and enjoy fine dining was a personal pleasure. Her trip would be streamed to her masses of followers through social media.

"I've had so much fun so far, from really action packed activities to some great dining experiences, and will still get some time to chill out a bit and just enjoy the fabulous scenery," she said.

Travelling with a camera crew and photographers means her million Facebook and 250,000 Twitter followers will see her adventures.

"I got a great response from social media last time, and I think this trip will get an even better response. Queenstown is so beautiful and so different from Indonesia, and I'm sure many more Indonesian travellers will see (Queenstown) and New Zealand as a very attractive travel option."

However, Indonesian visitors may have to rug up, except on the hottest days of a Central Otago summer.

Even during a sunny 24 degree Celsius day, Ms Quinn said she still needed to wear a leather jacket.

"There's no humidity and its such a dry heat, which is so different to Indonesia. It's amazing, but still just a little bit chilly."

But even the slight chill factor had its own advantage.

"It's almost the perfect temperature for drinking some of the famous regional wines, and I'm sure many Indonesians will feel the same."

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