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UK hopeful practises for job of lifetime
Lisa Farrell, of Britain, at Kirkstall Deli Market, Leeds. Supplied picture

It has been touted as one of the best jobs in the world and Lisa Farrell from Britain is in the running to eat and drink her way around WA as the State's official Taste Master.

Ms Farrell is one of 25 international hopefuls shortlisted for the Tourism Australia position, which requires the Taste Master to travel the State sampling the finest produce and experiencing the best bars, restaurants and wineries and describing the experience on social media.

The 26-year-old university communications officer has launched a viral campaign, which already has the support of Must Wine Bar, and is desperate to return to WA after spending a few weeks here in 2011.

"I just completely fell in love with not only how beautiful WA is but also how gorgeous the food is, the amazing vineyards, the breweries, the produce, just everything about it really," she said.

Ms Farrell has embarked on a two-week trial of the Taste Master role in her hometown of Leeds, using blogs, videos, Instagram and Facebook to shine a spotlight on her local producers and hospitality industry.

"I'm trying to get around as many of them as possible and not only taste what they have but also get under the skin of why they do what they do, what their stories are," she said.

"I'm also looking at the links between Leeds and WA, so in the process I'm actually hopefully educating people."

But the job won't be all eating and drinking.

Tourism WA chief executive Stephanie Buckland said the Taste Master would also have to get their hands dirty by catching their own food, such as mud crabs at Cape Leveque, yabbies at Kukerin or diving for lobster off the Abrolhos Islands.

They will also likely be sent on assignment to some of WA's best events, including the Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival and Broome's Shinju Matsuri Festival, and visit some of the State's most beautiful natural attractions.

More than 45,000 people applied for six different "best jobs" offered by Tourism Australia, including chief funster in NSW, wildlife caretaker in South Australia and life- style photographer in Melbourne.

The once in a lifetime, six-month Taste Master job comes with a $100,000 salary package.

The winner will be announced next month.

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