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Top WA Chefs Cook-off for a good cause

[October 2014]

A ‘Long Table Lunch’ gourmet extravaganza held as part of the Gascoyne Food Festival has brought local growers and top chefs together.

The annual event, held at Bentwaters Plantation in Carnarvon from 14-16 August, showcased fresh fruit and vegetables from local grower groups as well as drawing some of the best chefs from the country.

In 2014 the Gascoyne Food Council received funding from Rangelands NRM through the State NRM Program to to align the Gascoyne Catchments Group with the Gascoyne Food Council.

Executive officer of the Gascoyne Food Council, Alex Maslen said the funds allowed executive support needed to run an event of this calibre and enabled the group to look at promotion and marketing of product in the region, alternative markets for product and developing a direct paddock-to-plate market for the beef and horticulture industries.

The event has resulted in a direct supply partnership between Carnarvon Growers and high profile Chefs and their restaurants in Perth called ‘Chef Direct’.

“Investment in the local Gascoyne Food Festival serves two essential aims ‘ to celebrate the value and contribution of locally produced food with the regional community, and introduce the concept of bringing growers and chefs together,” Mrs Maslen said.

“Currently growers are selling product from paddock to plate with a 48 hour turnaround to nine restaurants including Rockpool, the Subiaco Hotel and the Old Brewery,” Ms Maslen said.

The Gascoyne Food Festival spans three days and includes a Chef’s paddock tour, the inaugural BBQ on the Beach, Long Table Lunch and tastings at the Gascoyne Growers Markets.

The events celebrate the coming together of the restaurant industry with local growers and the supply chain whilst creating brand awareness for the region’s produce.

The Member for Mining and Pastoral, Mark Lewis MLC, has been an annual attendee since its inception.

Mr Lewis made special mention of Peter Cooke and Alex Maslen from the Gascoyne Food Council and congratulated them on running a professional event that not only highlights the region as a food bowl for WA but provides a critical role in ensuring a supply chain approach is taken to marketing the range of Gascoyne food products.

For those wanting to know more about, or to be a part of, this gourmet extravaganza next year they should contact Alex Maslen of the Gascoyne Food Council by email at admin@gascoynefood.com.au

Pictures from the 2014 event will be on the Facebook page (Gascoyne Growers Markets and Food Trail) and the website www.gascoynefood.com.au

Image: Various guests at the Gascoyne Food Festival