DELICIOUS aromas wafted out of Armadale Senior High School on Tuesday as chefs competed for the Best Community Club Chef crown.
Now in its fourth year, the Clubs WA competition challenged nine of the best club chefs in the state to plate up their best snack, club sandwich, fish and chips and chef’s signature dish offerings in a pressure-filled environment.
Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club head chef and 2017 winner Nigel Sweeney was back to defend his title, while Royal Perth Golf Club’s John O’Hara, Gosnells Golf Club’s Mark De Sousa and Clifton Phillips, Swan Yacht Club’s Craig Hicks and Sumit Kumar, The Western Australian Club’s Ian Jo Yong Kim and Byford and Districts Country Club’s Anthony Wall and Ramjuttun Anand showed why they should be crowned the 2018 winner.
Clubs WA chief executive Karen Giles said this year’s competition had been the fiercest yet.
“The calibre of the chefs and the dishes they serve up continues to grow each year, and this year’s competition was no exception,” she said.
“The competition has created a real comradery within the chefs and whilst today they were all competing against each other as individuals you could still find them laughing and calling out ‘yes chef!’ ‘no chef!’ to each other throughout quiet moments in the competition.
“In previous years the competition has been centred on a mystery box, where chefs were challenged to use all ingredients in their box to create an entre and a main.
“In 2018 we challenged the chefs to plate up four dishes instead of the usual two within the same time period, but there was more of a focus on reducing food waste and making the most of all the products they had on hand.”
Armadale SHS students named Wall as their Students Choice Winner, with the overall winner to be announced at the Clubs WA Industry Awards for Excellence on June 16.