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Meet the local chefs who will battle it out at this year’s Food Fight

The annual Food Fight has announced the four local chefs who will battle it out at Hunter’s Culinary’s 2024 event at Rydges Resort.

Mitchell Beswick from Muse Restaurant, Sam Alexander from Yellow Billy, Matthew Smith from Crystalbrook Kingsley and Nicolas Pedemonte from Apé Yakitori Bar & Restaurant will all vie for the dinner’s vote at the popular lunch this in June.

“These guys are all highly accomplished chefs, who have all contributed to the rise and rise of the Hunter culinary scene over the past few years,” Chairman of the Hunter Culinary Association, Gus Maher said.

Each course of the event, meticulously crafted by a master chef and shrouded in secrecy until revealed to eager diners, will be flawlessly complemented by wines First Creek, Margan, Peter Drayton, Thomas, and Usher Tinkler.

The event will raise funds to help Hunter’s Culinary continue to nurture talent in the region.

“We urge foodies, consumers, the industry and our supporters to book early and dig deep, as this event is the annual fundraiser that we have developed over the years to largely fund the enormous number of initiatives we, the HCA, implement to nurture culinary talent in our region, ensuring that we keep great people employed in the fantastic food scene that we have together grown,” Gus said.

“This year it’s a great example of this talent that has been nurtured in our region and a great reason to come along and support these four great chefs and the restaurants they represent.”

The 2024 Food Fight is happening at Rydges Resort in the Hunter Valley on Tuesday, 25 June. For more information and tickets visit