ClubsACT today announced the inaugural ACTTAB Chefs Battle, a competition part of the ClubsACT Awards for Excellence that will recognise talented chefs and quality food service available in ACT Clubs.

The competition will be run over one 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 including the National Press Club, Canberra Southern Cross Club and the Gungahlin Lakes are ensuring a hotly contested category already nominating their teams to battle.

“This competition 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 culinary 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 will be provided with predetermined key ingredients that they will use to create an entrée, main course and dessert.  These ingredients must form part of the main component of the dish.

“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.

“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// 28 March 2013

Media Contact:
Gwyn Rees
Deputy Chief Executive ClubsACT
0406 379 254