RACV, Eastern GC excel at Chef ’s Table 2011
A PAIR of Melbourne golf clubs took top honours last month at the 2011 Chef ’s Table competition, sponsored by Clubs Victoria. Now in its fourth year, the Chef ’s Table competition is run exclusively for the notfor-profit, licensed club network in Victoria, and this year featured a two-month search for Victoria’s best club chefs. Two chefs from each club were required to put together a delectable three-course meal for the cost price of $18 or less per person and everything was to be made in-house.
When the final votes were tallied, RACV Healesville Country Club and The Eastern Golf Club won individual awards in the “Best of the Best” category, while overall Gold Medal honours went to Melbourne Cricket Club.
First time entrants into the competition, RACV Healesville received high praise from the judges.
“ The marinated eggplant and quince paste were the perfect foils to the crunchy crumbed camembert that oozed so exquisitely when cut with the knife. The local walnuts added extra crunch. The retro theme was brilliantly demonstrated in the new take on the old classic Beef Wellington. Very clever. The same modern twist was given to an old favourite Sticky Date Pudding . A delicious date puree was a highlight served with rich, full-flavoured peanut butter ice cream, made on the premises.”
Eastern Golf Club, which is no stranger to the podium for this competition, also received high marks:
“What an interesting culinary adventure it was; I loved the great presentation of the different flavours from various regions of Vietnam. The usage of herbs and traditional tastes were wonderful. The main course was really excellent too with full flavour in the pork from the great marinade. Guests at the table were stunned with the amazing presentation and beautiful colours of the ‘tear drop’ dessert.”
Congratulations to these clubs for showing that a good (and affordable) club meal can go beyond the usual parma and chips!
Eastern’s Head Chef Tony Rush and Sous Chef Minh Nguyen