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Is she in line for the world's best job? That's a matter of taste!


For a self-confessed food addict and travel lover, being paid to research the finest produce and best eateries on the other side of the world must be the absolute dream job.

So Asha Patel is more than a little excited after being shortlisted for the role of Western Australia taste master, one of the country's "best jobs in the world" as advertised on its official tourism website.

More than 600,000 applicants from across the world applied for six positions – and just 25 people have now been shortlisted for each role.

The winners of each will spend six months carrying out the job of their dreams, getting paid $50,000 – plus $50,000 living expenses – for the pleasure.

Asha, who grew up in Rushey Mead, Leicester, said landing the job would be "a dream come true".

"I'm really up for adventure and excitement," she said.

"It would mean everything to me.

"I was thrilled, ecstatic and a bit overwhelmed when I found out I'd been shortlisted.

"It's quite different to anything I've ever done before."

Asha works as a freelance writer and photographer in London, but says food is her true love.

While the other five positions – lifestyle photographer, Outback adventurer, park ranger, wildlife caretaker and "chief funster" – are all equally amazing jobs, the 30-year-old says she was instantly drawn to the role of taste master.

She said she knew it was for her as soon as she read the job description, which includes "eating your way round the state, foraging out the finest produce and uncovering the best bars and restaurants".

"I'm really passionate about food and have such a love for it," she said. "As soon as I saw it there was something that really rang true for me.

"I've never had a job in food before, but so often you do a job for income and because it's sensible. It's rare that people can have the dream of doing what they love for a living.

"I love cooking and baking and I love eating out, too.

"I've got a food blog. My first love in life is food so to be able to promote it in a place as beautiful as Western Australia would be amazing."

After applying, Asha was asked to send in a video to show why she would be perfect for the job.

She found out she had been shortlisted last week. On May 15, three applicants for each role will be chosen as finalists, and will be flown out to Australia for interviews.

Having travelled the east coast of the country before, Asha said she would not be at all nervous about packing up and moving to the other side of the world.

"I'd be so excited," she said.

"The job is for six months and if I get it, I honestly don't know what would happen after that.

"I've not really thought beyond the six months, but I'm just up for the adventure."

Is she in line for   the   world's best job? That's a matter of taste!

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