IN THE MEDIA: THE NEWCASTLE HERALD
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Joel Bickford likes to keep things simple when it comes to food. The newly appointed head chef of Aria Restaurant in Sydney has a “less is more” approach and favours seasonal, regional produce.

At this year’s Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight, though, he will be forced to think outside the square to win the popular vote.

Bickford will take on chefs Frank Fawkner (EXP.restaurant), Mitch Orr (ACME) and Hamish Watt (Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley) in a hotly-contested battle to create a course that is a “new twist on a classic dish”. 

Bickford knows what course he’s preparing but has yet to decide on a dish. He needs to speak to the other chefs first “to make sure the menu flows”.

“It will need to be functional, given the amount of covers you need to do in a short period. Something simple and tasty,” Bickford said.

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Gus Maher
IN THE MEDIA: SELECTOR MAGAZINE
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The 9th Annual Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight was recently featured in the April / May issue of Selector Magazine. 

On newsstands NOW! 

Gus Maher
IN THE MEDIA: HOSPITALITY MAGAZINE
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Four Australian chefs will battle it out at the annual Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight to be held on 18 June. 

Joel Bickford (Aria), Mitch Orr (ACME), Frank Fawkner (EXP Restaurant) and Hamish Watt (Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley) will go head to head to create a modern dish based on a classic.

For the full story click HERE

Gus Maher
IN THE MEDIA: HUNTERhunter
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The annual Food Fight is the signature event organised by the HCA and is a highly-­‐anticipated occasion on the Hunter’s culinary calendar.

This year’s clash will see chefs going head to head, working their magic and creating a unique take on classic dishes that have stood the test of time. Each chef will prepare one lunch course – their own interpretation of a classic dish or flavour combination. Every course will be matched with a Hunter Valley Wine, and guests will vote for the dish they preferred at the conclusion of lunch.

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Gus Maher
IN THE MEDIA: foodService News
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Mitch Orr of Sydney's ACME is excited to be participating in the Hunter Culinary Association's 2018 Food Fight. Dedicated to supporting the next generation of Hunter Region chefs, the June event will see him battle it out against fellow chefs Joel Bickford (Aria), Frank Fawkner (EXP Restaurant), Hamish Watt (Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley) over a 300-guest lunch to see who can create the best and most popular dish.

foodservice catches up with the chef and restaurateur to see what he has planned for the Food Fight and his current take of the Sydney dining scene.

To read the full interview click HERE

Gus Maher