The competition was fierce at Elizabeth Quay as part of WA Day Festival celebrations, as four media, lifestyle and sporting personalities embarked on a 60-minute cook-off to each create a mouth-watering dish featuring Western Australian produce.
The winning dish was completed under the tutelage of Chef Kenny McHardy.
Hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Food’s Buy West Eat Best food labelling program, the competition celebrates the diversity of regional produce.
Department Food Director Deborah Pett said each of the competitors and their partner chefs had taken to the competition with gusto to showcase the breadth and quality of food produced throughout the State.
The dishes included tender Barramundi wings from the Kimberley, succulent yabbie tails from the Swan Valley, rich braised beef shin from the Peel region and delicately-flavoured Marron from the Southern Forests.
“The competition has once again highlighted the premium produce that regional Western Australia has to offer,” Ms Pett said.
“I commend the competitors, partner chefs and partner regions, and the WA Fishing Industry Council for supporting this event which shows off our State on a plate.”
The cook-off event celebrity talent, partner chef and regions included:
Pete’s wild caught Barra wings with Kimberley slaw black vinegar glaze
Partnered by: Kimberley Development Commission
Talent: Peter Curulli (Mix 94.5fm ‘Lisa & Pete’)
Chef: Pete Manifis (Passion meets Purveyor)
Swan Valley Region
Yabbie tail pasta with goats curd cream
Partnered by: City of Swan
Talent: Justin Langer (Former Australian cricketer)
Chef: Caroline Taylor (The Humane Foodist)
Slow braised Harvey Beef shin with roasted sweet potato and pickled vegetables
Partnered by: Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation (MAPTO)
Talent: Mark Gibson (Channel 7)
Chef: Kenny McHardy (Manuka Woodfire Kitchen)
Southern Forests Region
Blue Ridge marron, Manjimup truffle, Kanzi apple and potato
Partnered by: Southern Forests Food Council Inc.
Talent: Rayne Embley
Chef: Ollie Gould (Shorehouse)
The competition was judged by Chef Dan Masters of Rockpool, food celebrity Anna Gare and restaurant critic Robert Broadfield.
The department’s Buy West Eat Best food labelling program is aimed at boosting opportunities for local food producers, manufacturers, retailers and restaurants. It enables shoppers to clearly identify food products which have been grown, farmed and fished in Western Australia.
More than 140 WA food producers, manufacturers, retailers and restaurants support the Buy West Eat Best program.
Jodie Thomson/Dionne Tindale, department media liaison +61 (0)8 9368 3937
Deborah Pett, Director of Food +61 (0)8 9368 3397