Mary plays chef on day two of her visit

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Princess Mary played kitchen hand to two world-famous chefs as she helped garnish creations by Matt Moran and Rasmus Kofoed on day two of her Australian visit.

The Australian-born Danish crown princess teamed up with the Aussie chef and Danish master foodie Mr Kofoed, recently named the world’s best chef, at Sydney’s Sofitel Hotel.

The princess added the finishing touches to a seafood salad and a white chocolate and jelly dessert, taking a break from her meeting and greeting duties.

“I’ve shaken a lot of hands,” she said.

Wearing a chic multi-coloured knee-length dress, Mary sampled the dishes, starting with Mr Moran’s salad, and appeared delighted.

Mr Moran paid tribute to the quality of food in her adopted country.

“There’s no question that Denmark at the moment is probably the hottest country in the world when it comes to food,” he said.

Environmental themes dominated the morning, with Mary’s husband Crown Prince Frederick, the heir to the Danish throne, remarking on how Australia and Denmark faced similar challenges when it came clean energy.

Speaking to an environmental conference in Sydney’s CBD, Frederick said Australia could benefit from the clean energy technologies developed in his home country.

“Australia is a very special country to the crown princess and I,” he said at the Hotel Sofitel Wentworth.

“Although our two countries could not be geographically further apart we are facing similar challenges.”

He told the room full of Australian and Danish business leaders that Denmark’s State of Green initiative had promoted trade in clean energy, food and technology.

“Both our countries are looking to reduce our dependency on oil and gas and coal. At the time we are not willing to compromise our economic prosperity in order to do so,” the prince said.

“My country has shown that it is possible to maintain economic growth and job creation (and) at the same time move towards a more climate friendly and green economy.”

Frederick said energy technology was Denmark’s fastest growing sector and constituted 10 per cent of exports.

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said at the conference he hoped the business event would strengthen business and trade relations between the two countries.

Mr O’Farrell has also revealed the names of the books he gave to the royal 10-month-old twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

They are The Bushwalk by Sandra Kendall, How Frogmouth Found Her Home by Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Baby Wombat’s Week by Jackie French and Are We There Yet? A Journey Around Australia by Alison Lester.

On Monday afternoon Frederik will meet the Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir, while Mary will visit the Westmead Cancer Centre at Westmead Hospital.

The couple will reunite at night to attend a black-tie business dinner at Doltone House in Pyrmont.


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