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 From left to right: Joel Bickford (Aria) Mitch Orr (Acme) Frank Fawkner (EXP Restaurant) Hamish Watt (Crowne Plaza)

From left to right: Joel Bickford (Aria) Mitch Orr (Acme) Frank Fawkner (EXP Restaurant) Hamish Watt (Crowne Plaza)

The ninth annual Hunter Culinary Association (HCA) Food Fight took place this week, with four top chefs battling it out for the title.

With around 300 guests in attendance, the event saw a total of $40,000 raised to support industry scholarships and food rescue charity OzHarvest.

Chefs Joel Bickford (Aria), Mitch Orr (ACME), Frank Fawkner (EXP Restaurant) and Hamish Watt (Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley) were tasked with creating unique takes on classic dishes that have stood the test of time.

Fawkner took out the win, with his dish of scampi, bisque emulsion, grilled lettuce, native plants and seaweed oil winning over diners and earning him this year’s title.

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Gus Maher