Great Southern Regional Final – #WASignatureDish #BuyWestEatBest

On Monday morning in the beautiful town of Denmark four lovely ladies gathered to cook up a storm at Pepper & Salt Restaurant at Forest Hill Winery. They were battling it out to take the coveted title of regional winner for the Great Southern Region for their chance to progress to the big final on WA Day.

With the #WASignatureDish competition each amateur cook had to showcase a hero ingredient from the region. They were cooking at Pepper & Salt with Head Chef Silas Masih. He will go on to be the mentor for the regional winner and coach them to victory in the June final 🙂

With his passion for locally sourced produce combined with his love of spices, Silas’ dishes became a big hit.

On the judging panel was Kim Barrow, Deputy Chairman of the Great Southern Development Commission, The West Australian’s Food Critic, Rod Broadfield and Chef Silas Masih.

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Congratulations to each contestant for being involved. I’m sure just being a part of the competition would have been a wonderful experience and clearly each are passionate foodies and can see how amazing the produce from WA, and in this case the Great Southern region, really is.

Here is a shot of the four finalists with their dishes – Emma Donnelly, Pamela Lincoln, Claire King and April Kopf.

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From all accounts competition was fierce (though very friendly!) and the winner was Claire King with her hero ingredient of Butterfield Beef with a dish she called ‘Celebration Fillet Of Beef- Thai Style’. Sounds very tasty!

It looks just delicious and as a beef farmer it’s no surprise that Claire is quite the beef cooking pro 🙂

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I think it looks particularly pretty with the smattering of finger limes on top!

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A big congratulations to Claire and all the very best to her for the finals. I’ve no doubt she’ll be practicing her recipe many times in the next few months. The big day isn’t far away and I have a feeling the Great Southern is going to shine!

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