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WA's Signature Dish 2014

Lupin crumbed Dorper lamb cutlets triumphs as winner of WA's Signature Dish 2014

Lupin and za'atar crumbed Dorper lamb cutlets with a Moroccan sweet potato salad has been anointed WA’s Signature Dish at Buy West Eat Best’s inaugural WA’s Signature Dish competition held on Monday 2 June 2014.

Rhiannon Birch from the Perth & Surrounds region said that keeping it simple and using fresh, local regional produce was her recipe for success in winning today’s cooking competition, an initiative supported by the Department of Agriculture and Food’s Buy West Eat Best program.

The winning dish featured local Western Australian Dorper lamb cutlets.


Four talented finalists from the Gascoyne, Great Southern, Southern Forests and Perth & Surrounds battled it out in a live Grand Finale cook off as part of Celebrate WA’s ‘Come Out & Play’ event in the Perth Cultural Centre for WA Day.

The finalists dishes were:

Great Southern – Clare King with Celebration fillet of beef Thai-style

Southern Forests – Alana Starkie cooking Southern Forests marron with Pink Lady apple and avocado salsa

Gascoyne – Paul Kelly with a Gascoyne seafood tasting plate featuring Shark Bay snapper, prawns and crab sticks

Perth & Surrounds – Rhiannon Birch cooking Lupin crusted Dorper lamb cutlets with a Moroccan sweet potato salad

Television personality and cook Anna Gare and WA food ambassador Don Hancey compered the battle and the dishes were judged by a panel of high profile food industry experts: Guillaume Brahimi of Bistro Guillaume, Ralf Vogt, Executive Chef Crown Perth, and Rob Broadfield, well-known food critic and columnist for The West Australian.

“WA’s Signature Dish is one of the many ways the Department of Agriculture and Food supports the State’s $6 billion agriculture and food sector.  Through its Buy West Eat Best program, WA’s Signature Dish provides the opportunity to showcase the State’s abundant and diverse food industry.” – Terry Hill, Executive Director, Irrigated Agriculture and Diversification Department of Agriculture and Food WA

Guillaume Brahimi said it was a tough decision to choose the winner on the day but Rhiannon’s dish ticked all the boxes for the judges.

“The dish really showcased the beautiful fresh produce from the Perth & Surrounds region and tasted just as good as it looked,” Brahimi said.