Chefs pre­pare for kitchen rum­ble

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CARNIVALE - SAM SMALLBONE

NOTH­ING could be more en­ter­tain­ing than watch­ing a group of the Dou­glas re­gion’s lo­cal chefs en­gaged in a mas­sive food fight.

This year’s Car­ni­vale food fight is guar­an­teed to be fun, messy and ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive and will also fea­ture a waiter’s race and a cock­tail competition race.

The con­test has been ex­tended to take in third and fourth year ap­pren­tice chefs and will be spon­sored for the next two years by Taste Par­adise - the re­gional food brand.

Taste of Par­adise spokes­woman Nola Craig said the Food Fight was an ex­cel­lent fit.

“I was ex­tremely im­pressed when I judged last year’s Carni- valel FoodF d FightFi h andd feltf l thishi was a su­perb way to show­case the re­gion’s pro­duce and the tal­ents of the many chefs that call Port Dou­glas home,” she said.

“Taste of Par­adise is proud to be nam­ing spon­sor in an agree­ment that will see the re­gional food brand lead this event even fur­ther into the pub­lic arena dur­ing Car­ni­vale.”

Sev­eral chefs from Port Dou­glas’s best din­ing restau­rants will com­pete in the race with 10 min­utes to de­sign their two dish menu and gather the pro­duce re­quired from the larder to pre­pare it.

A large pro­jec­tor screen will show a live feed of the ac­tion on the sage and their launch into pre­par­ing their dishes in a 30 minute race to present to the judges.

TheTh au­di­encedi willill al­sol beb ablebl to watch the chefs with pro­fes­sional and in­for­ma­tive com­men­tary while they taste a va­ri­ety of canapés pro­vided by each par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rant.

Once the meals are cooked a panel of pro­fes­sional in­dus­try­based judges will bravely taste the dishes and com­pare notes to re­veal this year’s cham­pion.

The win­ner will be se­lected on a num­ber of cri­te­ria in­clud­ing prepa­ra­tion, the cre­ative use of a mys­tery in­gre­di­ent, the skilled ex­e­cu­tion of the dish, how it re­lates to cur­rent cui­sine trends and most im­por­tantly, how good it tastes.

The Car­ni­vale Food Fight will take place on Fri­day, May 27 from 4pm to 8.30pm in an out­doors set­ting at Rex Smeal Park in Port Dou­glas.

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