Tourism job hits all the right notes as Briton wins taste test contest

A British man has secured a post which has been dubbed “one of the best jobs in the world” as he will eat his way around Western Australia working as a taste master.

Rich Keam, 34, from Brighton was selected from more than 330,000 applicants worldwide for the six-month contract which pays about £61,000.

His assignment is to try to discover the finest produce and identify the best bars and restaurants the region has to offer when he starts work later in the year.

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Mr Keam, a musician and costume designer, has spent the last week in Australia with 17 other international finalists undertaking a series of adventure, nature-based, culinary, social media and photography challenges, as part of the competition run by Tourism Australia.

Yesterday Mr Keam said he believes his “enthusiasm” got him the job, as well as his “communication skills and creativity”.

He added: “It’s just my love of food and travel and adventure that really attracted me to the role. I ate a prawn the other day that was more like the size of half a chicken.”