Canberra’s club chefs battle it out today at the inaugural ACTTAB Chefs Battle, a competition part of the ClubsACT Awards for Excellence that will recognise the quality food service available in ACT clubs.

The competition will run all day at the Canberra Institute of Technology – Tourism and Hotel Management kitchens and will culminate in the naming of the winners at the awards night on Friday 10 May at the Hellenic Club of Canberra.

Acting Chief Executive Gwyn Rees said the competition was an exciting addition to the ClubsACT awards.  Nine clubs have entered the competition including;

  • Hellenic Club of Canberra
  • National Press Club of Australia
  • Southern Cross Club Tuggeranong
  • Southern Cross Club Woden
  • Southern Cross Club Jamison
  • Vikings Town Centre
  • National Press Club
  • ACT Rugby Union Club
  • Southern Cross Yacht Club

“The strong participation by clubs is ensuring a hotly contested category and the competition itself will highlight Canberra’s clubs not only as entertainment venues but also as outstanding eateries.

“The expectations of patrons of clubs in the ACT are evolving and there is increasing demand for a diverse quality club offer.  Patrons are absolutely looking for great food, drink and excellent service.

“Chefs Battle is a fantastic initiative enabling talented chefs in clubs to test their skill and have that recognised through a competitive forum.

“Teams from the clubs must consist of two employees from the venues kitchen with flexibility in the combination of cookery staff.  The competitors have been provided with key ingredients which include green prawns for the entrée, lamb rump for the main and fresh figs in the dessert.

“The ingredients must form part of the main component of the dish however teams are able to use their creative and culinary flair on other elements of the dishes creation.

“A rigorous process of scoring will be undertaken and judged across several categories including creativity, taste and presentation.  In addition, their workplace knowledge will be assessed with food safety and health & safety practices forming part of the overall judging criteria.

“Winners will be announced at the awards gala dinner attended by over 550 industry leaders including directors, managers and staff, as well as politicians from ACT Legislative Assembly and Federal Parliament.

“The first place winners are also receiving a five night holiday on Hamilton Island including airfares sponsored by Robert Oatley Wines.  Whilst second place receives a weekend away at the Oatley Vineyard in Mudgee where they will tour the facility with the wine maker and enjoy a cellar door luncheon as well as accommodation at the Winery.

“Special thanks must be afforded to ACTTAB the major sponsor for the event as well as CIT who have generously provided their kitchens in support of the industry.”  Mr Rees concluded.

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Ends//22 April 2013

Media Contact:

Gwyn Rees
Deputy Chief Executive ClubsACT
0406 379 254