Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight

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Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Mon, 18 June 2018
11:00 am

Four of Australia’s most respected chefs will step into the spotlight for the ninth annual Hunter
Culinary Association (HCA) Food Fight in a hotly-contested battle to create the best and most popular
new twist on a classic dish.

The annual Food Fight is the signature event organised by the (HCA) and is a highly-anticipated
occasion on the Hunter’s culinary calendar.

This year’s clash promises to be as thrilling as ever, with the chefs going head to head working their
magic and creating a unique take on classic dishes that have stood the test of time. Each chef will
prepare one lunch course – their own interpretation of a classic dish or flavour combination. Every
course will be matched with a Hunter Valley Wine, and guests will vote for the dish they preferred at
the conclusion of lunch.

The chefs are; Joel Bickford (Aria) Mitch Orr (ACME) Frank Fawkner (EXP Restaurant) Hamish Watt
(Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley)

HCA Deputy Chair Lisa Margan says this year’s chef challenge sets the scene for a meal of gastronomic

‘So much of our modern cuisine stems from the classics – the tried and true dishes people love year
after year and pass down through families and generations,’ Ms Margan said.

‘The Hunter Valley is the birthplace of the Australian wine industry so it’s the perfect setting for a
contest that marries the old and the new. And when we have four chefs of this calibre given free rein
to put their individual stamps on dishes like these, you know the results will be incredible. Combined
with the use of fresh, locally source ingredients and delicious Hunter Valley wines, it’s a winning
formula that will see guests enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience.’

In addition to being an incredible gastronomic experience, the Food Fight event also raises money for
the Brett Graham Scholarship through a charity auction. The scholarship program is one of several
offered by HCA and helps support the region’s young chefs by offering them the opportunity to work
with Brett Graham at his acclaimed London Michelin starred restaurant, The Ledbury.

HCA Chairman Gus Maher says the Food Fight has allowed the scholarship to grow from covering just
the cost of a recipient’s flight to an additional $10,000 prize, which can make a huge difference to a
young chef’s career development.

Date: Monday 18 June 2018
Time: 11 am
Location: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Pokolbin.
Cost: $175 for HCA members, $220 for non-members and $90 for apprentice chefs
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