EVENTS AND COMPETITIONS
UPCOMING EVENTS AND COMPETITIONS
Hunter Culinary Association delivers a superior culinary experience across its annual calendar of events for its members and guests.
Each year, we organise two seasonal lunches, an autumn and spring lunch. The lunches begin with a workshop aimed at educating apprentices, members and guests about the new trends, produce and technology being used in the industry and our events consistently attract some of Australia’s finest guest chefs.
It is an opportunity for guest chefs to share their knowledge, talent, experience and passion with local apprentices, members and guests.
The annual Food Fight is the signature calendar event organised each year by Hunter Culinary Association. Four chefs, each at the top of their game, will prepare one lunch course. Each course will be matched with a Hunter Valley wine, and guests will be tasked with voting for the dish they preferred at the end of the gourmet feast.
Hunter Culinary Association also runs competitions, scholarships and award programs as well as Produce Tours and workshops. See full calendar of events below.
INTRODUCING THE LEDBURY ALL STARS Celebrating 10 delicious years of the HUNTER CULINARY ASSOCIATION FOOD FIGHT
Monday 17th June 2019 - Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
What happens when four of this country’s young gun chefs – all of whom have cooked alongside Brett Graham at The Ledbury in London – sharpen their knives and go head-to-head in the kitchen?
This year’s Food Fight clash promises to be as thrilling as ever, with chefs working their magic and creating a dish of their choice to take out the prestigious title. Each chef will prepare one lunch course matched with a Hunter Valley wine. Guests will then vote for their preferred dish at the conclusion of lunch.
The chefs are: Thomas Boyd (Margan); Troy Crisante (Quay Restaurant); George Mirosevich (Restaurant Mason) and Eilish Maloney, formerly of Saint Peter. Each of these talented chefs have trained under the legendary Brett Graham at his acclaimed London Michelin-starred restaurant The Ledbury.
This event is a major fundraiser for the HCA to help us support young and aspiring talent through a range of scholarships including the Brett Graham Scholarship (in conjunction with TAFE). This gives one outstanding young Chef the opportunity to train with Brett at The Ledbury each year in London.
Our event will once again be hosted by the inimitable duo of Colin Fassnidge and Matt Kemp, who are long-time supporters of the Hunter Culinary Association.
Date: Monday 17 June 2019 Time: 11am Location: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Pokolbin
Cost: $175 for HCA members, $195 for non-members, $90 for apprentice chefs and $1600 member tables of 10
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION BY AN INDIVIDUAL
As you will be aware, the Hunter Culinary Association has in recent years introduced a special award to recognise an Outstanding Contribution within our industry.
With past recipients being Robert Molines, Troy Rhoades-Brown and Neil Slater, that illustrates to you where the bar is set in terms of calibre of any intended recipient.
This year we would like to call for nominations from within our Membership. Please follow the link to see broad criteria and nomination details.