Fresh, local and in season produce is what food is all about. When you eat fresh food at its prime season, it just tastes so much better! I’m incredibly lucky to live in a state that offers so much diversity in local produce. Recently I entered the WA Signature Dish Competition to represent the Swan Valley region. I’m super excited to say that that I’ve been selected as one of the eight semi-finalists to cook off for a spot in the grand final! I’ll be cooking a Lemon Myrtle Marron Laksa Inspired Curry, by the looks of it, I’m up against some tough competition! The official media release from Buy West Eat Best can be read below, or you can head over to their website for some more details.
Eight of WA’s most talented home cooks have now been revealed as Semi Finalists for WA’s Signature Dish.
Each contestant, representing one of four major food producing regions including the Gascoyne, Kimberley, Peel and Swan Valley & Surrounds, will prepare and cook a dish that represents the flavours of our State on a plate using the best of WA produce. The calibre of the dishes entered has taken the competition to a new level this year, making the judges decision tougher than ever.
The Semi-Final contestants and recipes include:
Swan Valley & Surrounds
Following the Semi-Final cook off, four successful contestants will each work with a Mentor Chef to prepare for the Grand Finale. This year’s Mentor Chefs include Chris Taylor (Fraser’s), Peter Manifis (InContro), Kiren Mainwaring (Co-op Dining) and Jason Hutchen (Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant).
The Grand Finale will be one of the highlights of the Margaret River Gourmet Escape event on 22 November. Four finalists will battle it out during a 60 minute session at the Gourmet Village to decide which regional dish will win the annual title of WA’s Signature Dish.
A prestigious judging panel will make the ultimate decision on our State’s dish, including Guillaume Brahimi (Bistro Guillaume), Matt Preston (Masterchef) and Shane Osborn (from Michelin starred St Betty’s restaurant and Arcane in Hong Kong).
The winner receives a two day mentorship with Guillaume Brahimi at Bistro Guillaume in Crown Perth and a trip for two to a luxurious remote Western Australian location for a wine and dine experience.
Margaret River Gourmet Escape attendees can sample the four finalist dishes at a Buy West Eat Best regional pop up restaurant. The ‘People’s Choice’ WA’s Signature Dish Trophy will be awarded to the most popular regional dish.