A prominent chef’s visit to a remote Indigenous community’s “disgusting” supermarket has prompted formal complaints to the Health Department and the Northern Land Council (NLC).

South Australian chef Duncan Welgemoed arrived in Yirrkala, about 1,000km east of Darwin in the Northern Territory, last week as a visitor with the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation.

It was the chef’s first time in an Indigenous community and he was shocked by the food being sold at Yirrkala’s primary food store.

“[There was] tinned food going mouldy, fruit and vegetables on the shelf were rotting [and] food oxidising in the freezer,” Mr Welgemoed said to 105.7 ABC Darwin.

“It was all pretty disgusting.”

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