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The Ledbury All-Stars Celebrating Ten Delicious Years of the Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight

What happens when four of this country’s young gun chefs – all of who have cooked alongside Brett Graham at The Ledbury in London – sharpen their knives and go head-to-head in the kitchen?

The annual Food Fight is the signature event organised by the Hunter Culinary Association (HCA) and is a highly-anticipated occasion on the Hunter’s culinary calendar. This year’s clash promises to be as thrilling as ever, with the chefs working their magic and creating a dish of their choice to take out the prestigious title. Each chef will prepare one lunch course matched with a Hunter Valley wine. Guests will then vote for their preferred dish at the conclusion of lunch.

Fighting it out at this month’s event will be Thomas Boyd (Margan); Troy Crisante (Quay Restaurant); George Mirosevich (Restaurant Mason) and Eilish Maloney, formerly of Saint Peter.

HCA Chairman Gus Maher said the tenth annual Food Fight was set to be an unforgettable gourmet event, once again hosted by the inimitable duo Colin Fassnidge and Matt Kemp, who are longtime supporters of the Hunter Culinary Association.

“Each of these talented chefs has trained under the legendary Brett Graham at his acclaimed London Michelin-starred restaurant, so guests will be dining at an incredibly high standard,” Mr Maher said.

“That is extra special as the Food Fight, and its signature auction supports our region’s young chefs by giving them the opportunity to work with Brett in London through the Brett Graham Scholarship which we undertake in conjunction with TAFE NSW.”

Gus Maher says the Food Fight has allowed the Brett Graham scholarship to grow, but most notably allow the overall HCA scholarship program to expand benefitting the career development of many young chefs.

“The key objective of the HCA is to provide scholarship opportunities to develop the careers of young and aspiring chefs and apprentices,” he said.

The Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight lunch attracts large industry support but is also open for members of the public to attend and immerse themselves in this special food experience.


WHAT Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight WHEN Monday 17 June 2019 from 11am WHERE Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Pokolbin. TICKETS Cost: $175 for HCA members, $195 for non-members and $90 for apprentice chefs. BOOK MORE INFO

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