Indian origin woman short-listed for 'best job in world'

London, April 30 (IANS) An Indian origin woman in Britain has been shortlisted for the role of Western Australia taste master, advertised in the Australian state's tourism website as "one of the best jobs in the world".

If she finally lands the role, Asha Patel's job would be to eat her way across the state, forage out the finest produce and uncover the best bars and restaurants, the Leicester Mercury newspaper reported Tuesday.

Over 600,000 people from across the world had applied for six positions - taste master, lifestyle photographer, outback adventurer, park ranger, wildlife caretaker and 'chief funster'.

Only 25 names have been shortlisted for each role.

Each of the six winners will be going about doing their dream job for six months, getting paid $50,000 and an additional $50,000 for living expenses,

Patel, 30, a self-confessed food addict and travel lover, said landing the role would be a "dream come true" for her.

She said she knew the job was for her as soon as she saw the job description in the advertisement.

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

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

Now working as a freelance writer and photographer in London, Patel grew up in Rushey Mead, Leicester.

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