in the media: The Newcastle Herald

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

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

His scampi cocktail was the dish of the day, edging out Hamish Watt’s strawberry Eton mess, Mitch Orr’s carpaccio parmigiana and Joel Bickford’s lamb roast. All four chefs were asked to create unique takes on classic dishes that have stood the test of time.

The ninth annual Food Fight was held at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and hosted by two of Australia’s leading chefs and long-time supporters of the event, Colin Fassnidge and Matt Kemp, and association chair Gus Maher. An in-form Fassnidge thanked the equally amusing Kemp for helping him dress for the occasion, despite his “cold hands”.

On a more serious note, though, the auction raised $40,000 to support industry scholarships and food rescue charity, OzHarvest. 

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Gus Maher