Adelaide, South Australia will host the national finals of gastronomic association La Chane des Rtisseurs (LCDR) 2017 La Jeunes Chefs Rtisseurs Competition on Wednesday 12 April at Adelaide Oval. 

The winner will be announced at a black tie dinner and will receive $4000 in prize money as well as an all-expenses paid trip to Frankfurt, Germany to represent Australia at the international competition in September.

The national competition is being hosted in the Adelaide Oval kitchens by the Oval’s executive chef & vice-charge de missions of LCDR, Hamish Robertson, with a meal prepared in collaboration with Hill of Grace restaurant executive manager and chef, Dennis Leslie.

“Adelaide Oval is delighted to be hosting this prestigious competition and then celebrating the award ceremony with great food and wine showcasing the best seasonal produce that South Australia has to offer,” said Robertson.

Conseiller culinaire for LCDR, Andrew Crispin from Crown Melbourne, will lead a judging panel of three kitchen judges and six tasting judges to decide this year’s winner.

Crispin is confident this year’s strong line up of young chef talent could all easily represent Australia in an international competition.

“This year’s competitors all have extensive kitchen and competition experience already under their belt,” he said.

The young chefs, who must all be under 27 years of age on 1 September 2017, competing for the national title will need to prepare a three course meal for four people in a four hour time frame from a ‘black box’ of ingredients not disclosed to the competitors prior to the competition. They are judged not only on taste of the dishes they present but also creativity, innovation and kitchen techniques.

The 2017 competitors are:

  • Buddha Lo – Matteo’s, Melbourne
  • Will Doak – Andre’s Cucina, Adelaide
  • John Agzarian – Intercontinental Sydney
  • Mitchell White – Jam Corner, Townsville
  • Teo Jia Yang – Pig’n’Whistle, Mantle Group, Brisbane
  • Chris Malone – Clarke’s of North Beach, Perth
  • Mikayla Stirling – Ochre Restaurant at Harbour Lights, Cairns
  • Ungki Lee – Seduction Restaurant, Soul Peppers, Gold Coast

Prize money has been donated by LCDR ($3000) and Le Cordon Bleu Australia ($1000).

Other sponsors for the event are AMJ Produce Company, Holco Fine Meat Suppliers, Robot Coupe, Cleanseas, Saskia Beer, San Pellegrino, T & C Custom Clothing, Muratti Cakes and Gateaux, The Cellar Kitchen.

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