Bar­be­cue bosses fired up for fes­ti­val

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Emily Sharp

A Rock­ing­ham group of friends and bar­be­cue en­thu­si­asts are heat­ing up for what they be­lieve will be the big­gest bar­be­cue fes­ti­val and com­pe­ti­tion WA has ever seen.

The Yak Ales Perth Bar­be­cue Fes­ti­val, at Crown Perth this week­end, will see teams go headto-head in the ul­ti­mate cook-off for a chance to win an all­ex­penses paid trip to com­pete in the United States.

Warn­bro Qual­ity Meats’ Ray­mond Cald­well is sup­ply­ing many of the teams — in­clud­ing one from Mel­bourne and Grilla War­fare — with their meat for the day. He was also one of four to be hand-se­lected for a butcher bat­tle, where he will cook and serve a meal “MasterChef style”.

“I am a big part of th­ese teams’ prepa­ra­tion for th­ese events by sourc­ing the right cuts and cut­ting and trim­ming them to their spec­i­fi­ca­tions,” Mr Cald­well said.

Stephen Carter started com­pet­ing 18 months ago and now has a team of four un­der the name Liqard Pigs.

He dis­cov­ered the art of bar­be­cu­ing while trav­el­ling through the US and has al­ready won two grand cham­pi­onships.

“I’ve got a good chance; I’m up there with the best of them, es­pe­cially in WA,” he said. “I just spent three weeks in Hous­ton, Texas, com­pet­ing and I learnt a lot — I can’t wait, I love com­pet­ing.”

Hot Chilli Smok­ers owner Shane Ka­vanagh, who builds his smok­ers in Rock­ing­ham and pro­vides them to teams for com­pe­ti­tions, will hold a talk and demon­stra­tion at the fes­ti­val.

Justin Fish­wick, who com­petes solo un­der the name Rib Racks, said it would be a big deal to win.

“This will be the big­gest and best event we’ve ever had,” he said.

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Pic­ture: Emily Sharp

Bar­be­cu­ing fa­nat­ics Justin Fish­wick, Ray­mond Cald­well, Stephen Carter and Shane Ka­vanagh are ready to do bat­tle at the Yak Ales Perth Bar­be­cue Fes­ti­val at Crown Perth this week­end.

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