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Culinary Clash of the Titans…FOOD FIGHT 2024

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Brace yourselves, foodies! The Hunter Culinary Association has unveiled the four chefs ready to battle it out at the highly anticipated Food Fight 2024.


This consumer-voted luncheon event is the hottest ticket in town, where culinary titans go head-to-head for the coveted title. Each attendee will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the best dish, contributing to the final decision.

On Tuesday, 25 June, at Rydges Resort Hunter Valley, four local chefs will showcase their skills in an all-Hunter showdown that promises to be a gastronomic spectacle. Get ready to witness a clash of culinary titans as they vie for your vote.

The lineup for this year's Food Fight features some of the region's most accomplished chefs:

Mitchell Beswick from the Two Hatted Muse Restaurant in Pokolbin

Sam Alexander of the One Hat Yellow Billy Restaurant, also in Pokolbin

Matthew Smith from the 5-Star Crystalbrook Kingsley's Roundhouse Restaurant in Newcastle

Nicolas Pedemonte from the all-new Apé Yakitori Bar & Restaurant in Newcastle

“These chefs have all contributed to the rise of the Hunter culinary scene,” said Gus Maher, Chairman of the Hunter Culinary Association.

“They understand the Food Fight rules—cook great food and have fun! This year, we're adding a local twist, with chefs from Wine Country and Newcastle battling for the title.”

As always, each course, prepared by a different chef and kept a secretfrom the diners, will be expertly paired with outstanding wines from the HCA's Wine Partners: First Creek Wines, Margan Wines, Peter Drayton Wines, Thomas Wines, and Usher Tinkler Wines.

“We urge foodies, industry professionals, and supporters to book early, as this event is our annual fundraiser supporting the development of culinary talent in our region,” Maher added.

“It's a great reason to come along and support these four exceptional chefs and the restaurants they represent.”

Don't miss out on this unmissable culinary event! Tickets are $175 for members, $195 for non-members, $50 for apprentices, and $1,600 for a member table of ten. Canapes will be served at 11am, followed by a sit-down lunch at 11:30am.

Mark your calendars and prepare your taste buds for the ultimate culinary showdown at the Food Fight 2024! For tickets, visit



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