PASSIONATE food-lover Richard Keam can now say he has the best job in the world.
Richard, from Park Avenue, Purbrook, beat thousands of other applicants to be named Taste Master of Western Australia.
Rich won the Tourism Australia Best Job in the World contest, triumphing over 600,000 other people from across the world.
The costume assistant is a self-confessed food fanatic and is over the moon about winning.
He has been tweeting about his success and said: ‘I feel extremely honoured and incredibly proud that I have just become Taste Master of Western Australia.
‘Thank you so much to everybody for your love and support.
‘Thank you to everybody at Tourism and Western Australia, we’ve all had an absolutely unforgettable time over here.
‘It’s been incredible and the team looked after us so well.’
Rich travelled to Australia for the last leg of the competition.
While out there, he swam with whale sharks, turtles and manta rays as well as visiting the Carnarvon plantations.
On his blog, Rich said: ‘When we did finally get to see a whale shark, it was one of the best experiences in Australia.
‘Honestly, it was truly unbelievable.
‘Easily one of the best things I’ve ever done.
‘We swam with a total of three whale sharks that afternoon, and the excitement of it all turned me into a babbling, incoherent lunatic.
‘I’m not sure if I’ll ever be the same again.’
As well as discovering the wildlife, Richard had an interview and was asked to complete a number of challenges including an impromptu media conference and setting up a blog.
Now he’s won he will travel to Western Australia discovering new produce and different flavours that the bars and restaurants have to offer.
Richard and his family will spend a total of six months out there on a $100,00 contract, which is equivalent to £60,000.
Tourism Australia set up the competition to encourage people to travel there.