Leading chefs prepare for annual food fight

05 April, 2016 by
Danielle Bowling

This year celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Hunter Culinary Association (HCA) is hosting its annual Food Fight, where some of the country’s best chefs go head to head to help raise money for the Brett Graham Scholarship Fund.

The Food Fight sees alumni from Banc restaurant compete with a group of chefs from regional areas.

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Team Banc includes 4Fourteen’s Colin Fassnidge, Q Station’s Matt Kemp, Warren Turnbull of Chur Burger and Justin North from Hotel Centennial.

Team Brett Graham (who’s also an ex-Banc chef) comprises chefs from more regional locations, including Troy Rhoades-Brown of Muse Restaurant and Muse Kitchen, Chris Thornton of Restaurant Mason, Garreth Robbs of Bistro Molines and Josh Gregory of EXP. Restaurant.

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HCA chairman, Ben Neil, said “The competition will be tough as some of Australia’s best chefs go head to head to create unique dishes made from fresh locally sourced ingredients.

“Guests will enjoy an entre, main and dessert, matched with premium Hunter wines. The two teams prepare six dishes in total, which equates to over 1,800 plates for the 300 guests the event attracts each year. The diners are then asked to vote on each dish and the team with the most votes is crowned the 2016 Food Fight Champions.”

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Funds from the Food Fight’s charity auction will go to the Brett Graham Scholarship Fund, which helps support young chefs in the Hunter by offering them the opportunity to work with Graham at The Ledbury.

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