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Ditch the doona in June to make a difference

As temperatures dip, it can be tempting to hibernate the winter away. But this June, some of our top local chefs are giving you a reason to kick off the uggs and get out from under the doona!  From the Great Southern to the Kimberley and regions in between, chefs are taking diverse local ingredients grown, farmed and fished across Western Australia to create inspired dishes all month long during Plating Up WA.

Now in its second year, this celebration of WA produce initiated by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Buy West Eat Best program features over 40 venues highlighting their hero dish. From casual to fine dining, burger bars to wineries, tapas to desserts you can easily find mouth-watering options and price points to suit.

Deborah Pett, Director Food and Trade Industry Development said “This campaign ignites conversations with both producers, staff and consumers and encourages chefs to highlight where their ingredients have come from within their menus to promote the ‘buy local’ message; while drawing attention to some spectacular counter seasonal ingredients available at this time of year.”

All participating venues will showcase WA produce driven dishes, with many creating a featured dish available throughout the month. Chef and owner Russell Blaikie from Must champions the program referring to a term relative to Buy West Eat Best called the ‘multiplier effect.’

All our top chefs believe in supporting local suppliers and serving local produce because they know it’s what customers want. So, this campaign just confirms something they’re already doing,” explains Russell, “it’s a no brainer for us - the collective voice makes the message more powerful.”

Chef Dean Wood of Taylors Street Quarters in Esperance said campaigns such as Plating Up WA are vital in highlighting WA produce and venues, “They offer a chance for producers to put a face to their product and tell consumers their stories - the real life of food production. And for venues, they allow a chance to get creative, put on something special, market to new customers and showcase the best of WA in their own, unique ways”

Plating Up WA will be strongly promoted through social media channels with supporting collateral illustrating the diversity of Western Australian landscapes and dishes reflecting the range of ingredients that venues will be offering.  Foodies, family, businesses and communities are urged to get behind the campaign to strengthen the viability of the sector by booking their table via


For further information and to arrange interview opportunities:

Melissa Worthington

Program Manager, Buy West Eat Best

[email protected]

+61 (0) 418 90 2121

Please note venue specific details and images are available upon request.

Supporting venues for Plating Up WA 2019 include:


Ascua Spanish Grill


BWG Steakhouse

Cook & Mason

East Fremantle Yacht Club


Jus Burgers

Lamont's Bishop House

Lamont's Cottesloe

Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

Must Winebar

Nic & Kolo


Petition Kitchen



Swallow Bar


The Old Brewery

The Shoe

UMA Perth

Young George



Carnarvon Hotel

Sails at Hospitality Carnarvon

Sunsets Café


Cecelia's on Hay

Taylor St Quarters



Pepper & Salt


Aarli Bar






Foragers Field Kitchen

Tall Timbers


Amelia Park Restaurant

Lamont's Smith Beach

The Studio Bistro

Voyager Estate


Lamont's Winery

Little Lamont's Express

The Cheese Barrel