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WA's Signature Dish is back with celebrity twist unveiled

WA’s best-known cooking competition is back but with a twist, as four celebrities enter the mix to see which dish will be crowned WA’s Celebrity Signature Dish for 2017.

Presented by the Department of Agriculture and Food’s Buy West Eat Best program; following the success of their 2014 and 2015 campaigns, Buy West Eat Best will be extending their search beyond amateur cooks, seeking to find WA’s best Celebrity Signature Dish.

Buy West Eat Best and WA Day have partnered to promote and launch the competition billed as a feature event during the WA Day Festival weekend program of activity.
Four of WA’s leading media, lifestyle and sporting personalities have been chosen to compete in a 60 minute cook-off to be held on Centre Stage at the 2017 WA Day Festival to determine the winner.

Each celebrity contestant will represent one of the State’s four major food producing regions including the Kimberley, Peel, Southern Forests and Swan Valley; and will prepare and cook a dish that represents the flavours of our State on a plate using the best of WA produce.

The cook-off event celebrity talent, partner chef and regions include:

Kimberley Region
Partnered by: Kimberley Development Commission
Talent: Peter Curulli (mix94.5 ‘Lisa & Pete’)
Chef: Pete Manifis

Swan Valley Region
Partnered by: City of Swan
Talent: Justin Langer (Former Australian cricketer)
Chef: Caroline Taylor

Peel Region
Partnered by: Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation (MAPTO)
Talent: Mark Gibson (Channel 7)
Chef: Kenny McHardy – Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

Southern Forests Region
Partnered by: Southern Forests Food Council Inc.
Talent: Rayne Embley
Chef: Ollie Gould – Shorehouse

A prestigious judging panel will make the ultimate decision on our State’s dish, including Dan Masters
(Rockpool), Anna Gare and Robert Broadfield with the cook-off event hosted by Scott Taylor.
Over 40,000 are expected to attend the WA Day Festival at Elizabeth Quay and the cook-off will
commence at 1.30pm on Sunday 4 June.

For more information on WA’s Celebrity Signature Dish visit or for more
information on the WA Day Festival program visit


Media contact:

Melissa Worthington
Cork and Cheese
M: 0418 90 2121
E: [email protected]

Sarah Gordon
Buy West Eat Best
M: 0425 101 990
E: [email protected]