Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hunter Valley v the Southern Highlands: the Hunter Culinary Association's 6th annual 'Food Fight'.

This one isn't cheap but sounds rather fun.

On Tuesday 2 June, chefs from the Hunter Valley will take on newcomers from Canberra and the Southern Highlands in the Hunter Culinary Association's 6th annual 'Food Fight'.

Hosted by celebrity Chef, Matt Kemp, the event will pit the two competing teams against each other as they push themselves to create the best 3-course lunch the regions have to offer. Dishes will be made only from the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and the passion of the Hunter Region and Canberra/Southern Highlands teams will be served on the day. These creations will be presented with an array of matching wines by leading Hunter Valley Wineries.

Guests will judge each of the six dishes, and cast their votes to crown one team the winner of the 6th annual ‘Food Fight.’

Representing the Hunter Region are culinary warriors Troy Rhoades Brown (Muse Dining), Michael Robinson (Margan), and Emerson Rodriguez (Emerson’s). The fresh-faced opponents cooking for Canberra and the Southern Highlands will be lead by a familiar face of the ‘Food Fight’ family, James Viles (Biota Dining), alongside Ben Willis (Aubergine), and Sean McConnell (Monster). 

Celebrity chef Matt Kemp will use his knife-sharp wit and vast knowledge of food to entertain and delight, whilst also hosting a worthy charity auction. The auction’s proceeds will go towards the Brett Graham Scholarship and other initiatives that focus on the growth and development of the region’s young culinary talent. 

I said it wasn't cheap. The price itself is okay. Luncheon costs $120 for Hunter Culinary Association members, $160 for non-members, and $70 for apprentice chefs. That's not too bad. But to really enjoy yourself, you need to stay overnight at the venue, the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Who want to drive after a hopefully extended lunch?

To avoid missing out on this clash of the culinary titans, book early and RSVP to Kirsty on by Friday 15th of May.

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