Gascoyne seafood broth with Shark Bay wild prawns has been anointed WA’s Signature Dish at the Grand Finale cook-off held at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape event today.
Up against the clock and three other talented cooks from around the State, winner Jerolina Rankin’s culinary talent and the balance of flavours in the dish stole the show.
“I have had so much fun throughout the whole competition, from choosing a hero ingredient and creating a dish that represents the flavours of WA, to working with my mentor chef Peter Manifis and now winning today. It’s been a great experience,” Jerolina said.
The winning dish showcases produce from the Gascoyne region, featuring local Western Australian Shark Bay wild prawns.
The four talented finalists from the Gascoyne, Kimberley, Swan Valley & Surrounds and Peel battled it out during a live 60 minute cook off event as part of the Margaret River Gourmet Escape.
The glittering Grand Finale was hosted by Rob Broadfield (Food Critic at The West Australian) and judges Guillaume Brahimi (Bistro Guillaume), Matt Preston (Masterchef) and Shane Osborn (from Michelin starred St Betty’s restaurant and Arcane in Hong Kong) were tasked with making the ultimate decision of which dish best put our State on a plate.
Judge Guillaume Brahimi said; “I think many people don’t even realise how lucky they are to have such beautiful, fresh local produce so readily available.
“Western Australia has some of the best produce in the world and Jerolina’s dish represents the flavours of the Gascoyne region beautifully without overdoing it. It's simple, fresh and delicious.
“WA’s Signature Dish is so exciting for me. It’s a real celebration of the foodie culture in WA and all the beautiful ingredients from in the regions and the talented cooks bringing these flavours to life in kitchens around the State. Whether it’s in one of the many amazing restaurants or in a family kitchen,” Brahimi said.
As the winner of WA’s Signature Dish, Jerolina will receive a two day mentorship with Guillaume Brahimi at Bistro Guillaume in Crown Perth and a trip for two to Cable Beach Resort in Broome, compliments of the Hawaiian Group.
Gourmet Village attendees were also treated to samples of the four finalist dishes at a Buy West Eat Best regional pop up restaurant, presented by Chef Peter Manifis, where they were asked to vote for their favourite dish for the People’s Choice award. The award went to Rachel Hartshorn’s dish representing the Peel region of Harvey Beef eye fillet seasoned with bush tomato, native thyme and pepperberry with red wine jus.
Meet the WA’s Signature Dish winner, finalists and mentor chefs and see them cook up the four final dishes at an event at Farmer Jacks, Claremont Quarter on Saturday 5 December between 11am – 2pm.
Launched last year, WA’s Signature Dish is a State-wide cooking competition that promotes WA’s local produce and seeks to unearth our State on a Plate.
For more information on WA’s Signature Dish and the Semi Finalists, visit www.wasignaturedish.com.au.
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About WA’s Signature Dish
WA’s Signature Dish is a state-wide cooking competition that promotes local produce and seeks to unearth our State on a Plate. Competition entrants submitted their recipe online and two home cooks for each of the four regions were selected to continue on and compete in semi-final. The winner for each region in the semi-final went on to work with a mentor chef to prepare for and compete in the live cook-off Grand Finale at Margaret River Gourmet Escape.
WA’s Signature Dish is organised by the Department of Agriculture and Food through its local food labelling program Buy West Eat Best, and supported by its partners the Kimberley Development Commission, Gascoyne Food Council, City of Mandurah, Peel Development Commission, , City of Swan for Swan Valley Region, Farmer Jacks, Rockcliffe Wines, Crown Perth, The West Australian, WA Fishing Industry Council, Kleenheat and Source Certain.
For more information on WA’s Signature Dish and Buy West Eat Best visit www.wasignaturedish.com.au.