For the past decade Lance Seeto had the opportunity of working in some of Australia’s top resorts and remote holiday destinations, meeting extraordinary people from all walks of life and working with some of the best produce and ingredients from each region. But like so many of us, he lived to work and worked to live.
For a resort chef, the grass is always greener at the next assignment, so every 12-18 months Lance would move on in search of new challenges, more money, culinary recognition and something that he had been chasing for a lifetime – true happiness and contentment.
When Lance arrived in the South Pacific islands of Fiji in late 2009, his plan was to train and mentor a handful of local chefs in modern resort cuisine, then move on again. But what was about to happen turned his world upside down and became an unexpected, life-changing journey to re-discover his humanity and his perception of the world. These experiences gave him a renewed sense of purpose in his life.
On a tiny island resort called Castaway Island Fiji in the middle of the Pacific ocean, its native people and their Paramount Chief have so uniquely shared their ancient culture and traditional ways, that Lance was able to gain an intense perspective of what was missing and long-lost in the modern world.
This isolation also gave him the opportunity to disconnect from the constant bombardment of Western popular culture, social conformity and consumerism, and gave rise to something that he didn’t realise he needed – clarity of mind and an appreciation of the simple things in life.
And the Fijian’s traditional diet of wild organic foods, coupled with their unique genes, also provided a shocking realisation of why the rest of the world is experiencing an unprecedented increase in food intolerances and allergies. With input and research from specialists in immunology, anthropology, naturopathy and food history, Lance learned that the hidden change to the global food supply has contributed to today’s modern diseases.
His highly anticipated book “Coconut Bliss” is a personal story and culinary memoir of what the descendants of an ancient civilisation have opened his eyes to, and through the celebration of organic food, an epiphany that they are a living example of everything that humanity aspires to be – happy, content and respectful of life
It is with great excitement that we announce the release of this highly anticipated first book mid-2013. Please check back soon for full details and pre-sale information!!