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WA winner learns from a food legend - Media release

  • WA’s Signature Dish is one way the State Government supports WA’s $20b agriculture and food sector
The winner of Western Australia’s Signature Dish competition is learning new cooking skills and gaining invaluable tips from legendary French-born chef and restaurateur Guillaume Brahimi.

As part of her prize, amateur foodie Rhiannon Birch, of Coorow, is undertaking a two-day mentorship with Mr Brahimi, one of the three high-profile competition judges, at his Perth restaurant Bistro Guillaume, with accommodation provided by Crown Perth.

Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the exciting competition, co-ordinated by the Buy West Eat Best food labelling program, provided an opportunity to highlight the abundance and variety of the State’s top quality produce.

“WA’s Signature Dish attracted significant interest from amateur cooks throughout WA and the support of chefs interested in promoting quality, local produce,” Mr Baston said.

“The widespread promotion of local produce throughout the competition complemented WA’s reputation internationally for producing high-quality, safe and fresh food.”

Announced on WA Day in June this year, Ms Birch’s winning dish of lamb cutlets with a lupin-based crust, accompanied by a sweet potato salad with Moroccan flavours displayed fresh, high-quality local produce 

“Rhiannon’s winning dish really showed her talent and the incredible WA produce we have available. Her back-to-basics approach truly highlighted the hero ingredients, including the unique lupins and dorper lamb,” Mr Brahimi said.

Ms Birch said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to work in a commercial kitchen with such an experienced professional chef.

“I am really inspired by Guillaume’s cooking style and I am really excited to learn first-hand about his unique cooking techniques,” she said.

“We really are spoilt for choice in this beautiful State of ours with such an abundance of fresh, high-quality produce.”

To read this media release from the Media Statements website of the Government of Western Australian click here. 

Fact File

  • Buy West Eat Best is a food labelling program that identifies and promotes WA produce for domestic consumers
  • Managed by the Department of Agriculture and Food
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