Government of Western Australia, Department of Premier and Cabinet - Media Statement (6 March 2014)
Entries open for Buy West Eat Best cooking competition
Prize includes mentorship with top WA chef
Budding amateur chefs from Western Australia are being invited to enter a competition to find WA’s Signature Dish.
The competition was launched today by Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston, who said Western Australian food tastes had matured from the iconic meat pie, lamington and pavlova.
“WA’s Signature Dish is a unique way to celebrate and show off the huge depth and breadth of local produce now on offer,” Mr Baston said. “Sell-out events, such as long-table lunches and ‘gourmet escapes’ featuring WA chefs, show there’s a growing food culture in WA and a greater appreciation for fresh, locally-sourced produce.”
WA’s Signature Dish is being organised by the Department of Agriculture and Food through the Buy West Eat Best program, which promotes locally grown and produced food.
Competition heats will begin in regional Western Australia in late April and will culminate with a grand finale cook-off in Perth as part of WA Day celebrations on June 2. The competition will take place in some of WA’s major food-producing regions including the Great Southern, Southern Forests, Gascoyne and Perth regions. Cooks must use local ingredients to create a dish that represents that region.
The regional competitions will be judged by some of the State’s finest chefs and the judging panel at the grand finale will be headed by renowned chef Guillaume Brahimi. “WA has some amazing produce and this competition should unearth some hidden home recipes that really showcase the State on a plate,” Mr Brahimi said.
The winner will receive a two-day mentorship with Mr Brahimi at Bistro Guillaume, plus two nights’ accommodation at Crown Perth.
- Entries for WA’s Signature Dish competition are now open and close on April 7
- Full details and conditions are available at www.wasignaturedish.com.au
- The grand finale will be a highlight of Celebrate WA’s ‘Come out to Play’ event, which attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year
- Launched in 2008, Buy West Eat Best is a food labelling program that identifies and promotes WA produce. More information at www.buywesteatbest.org.au