Buy West Eat Best WA Signature Dish 2015 – Official Blogger for Peel

Who loves cooking? Who loves WA? I know I do, you too? If you do then now is your time to shine with the second round of the Buy West Eat Best’s WA Signature Dish competition. Get in the kitchen, aprons on and put our state on a plate!  

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Photo Credit: Peter Maloney, DAFWA

This year there are four regions to choose from – Gascoyne, Swan Valley & Surrounds, Peel and The Kimberley – each with a list of hero ingredients which are grown or produced in that region. You just need to choose a region and then a hero ingredient and come up with a creative recipe that best showcases it. Sounds like delicious fun to me!

This year I’m the official blogger for the Peel region.

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Photo Credit: Peter Maloney, DAFWA

The Peel region is one of the nine regions of Western Australia. It is located on the west coast of Western Australia, about 75 km south of the state capital, Perth. It consists of the City of Mandurah, and the Shires of Boddington, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Waroona.

The Peel Region is part of a climatic transition along the west coast of Western Australia from north to south towards cooler temperature and more consistent rainfall. With a coastal plain bordered inland by the Darling Scarp, the Peel Region is situated amongst the highest rainfall areas of South Western Australia.

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Photo Credit: Peter Maloney, DAFWA

So let me tell you a little about the ‘there goes my hero’ ingredients for this region.

  • Peel Sea Mullet and Sand Whiting, supplied by Wattsie’s Place (4thgeneration estuary fishermen)
  • Baldivis Rabbit, supplied by Baldivis Fresh Farm Rabbit(whole)
  • Harvey Beef – 100 day hgp free grain fed Cube roll and/or 100 day hgp free eye fillet sourced from Peel region ( Pinjarra and North Dandelup)
  • Supafresh baby leaves, by Trodan Produce
  • Borello Cheese – 59 Rice Road Oakford
  • Linley Valley Pork – Available from Farmer Jacks and most independent retailers across Western Australia

There are some really lovely ingredients in this list, perhaps one you might not have cooked with before, and I’m sure one by themselves of a combination of a few would be entirely delicious! Peel is a region relatively close to the CBD with an abundance of beautiful produce. There’s still time to get your thinking caps on and enter a recipe in this competition. Entries need to be in by September 21st and can be submitted online here.

Semifinalists will be announced the week commencing October 5th and if you make it through to the semi-finals at Fraser’s Restaurant in Perth on 14 October, then you’ll get a helping hand from Peel Mentor Chef Jason Hutchen from Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant.

10 years ago, following a renovation and rebrand, Jason opened Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant to establish it as Mandurah’s leading restaurant. Redmanna has been named a national finalist in Restaurant & Catering WA’s ‘Best Seafood Restaurant’ for four years running and won the award in 2014. In addition, Redmanna has been a finalist in the Gold Plate Award’s category of Seafood Dining for the past seven years. Jason has been a chef for 27 years with extensive experience and a great passion in mentoring apprentices and trainee chefs.

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Photo Credit: Peter Maloney, DAFWA

Learning a few new skills from someone with 27 years of experience in the kitchen has to be a good thing! So why not get involved!

The winner of WA’s Signature Dish will be crowned at a glittering Grand Finale at Margaret River Gourmet Escape, where four finalists will battle it out during a 60 minute live cook off at the Chef’s Theatre to decide the winning dish. The winner will receive two days mentoring with Guillaume Brahimi at Bistro Guillame in Crown Perth, a trip for two to a luxurious
remote Western Australian location for a wine and dine experience!
Sounds fabulous – so home chefs, give it a whirl 🙂

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