The heat and excitement of four gourmet meals being prepared in a live action cook-off between competing chefs, will be a highlight of the Seafood Feastival on Saturday at the Kingscote wharf at 3.30pm.
Three chefs from the island; Joe Hunter who currently works for the Marron Cafe, Tony Nolan from Latitude 36, Chan Thornley from Exceptional Kangaroo lsland, plus mainland chef and cookery lecturer at Regency TAFE David Noolan, have been selected as cook-off competitors in the KI Signature Dish competition.
The chefs will have 45 minutes to prepare, cook on barbecues and plate up the recipe which they have nominated.
A panel of mainland and island judges will choose the winning dish which has the best and most creative use of local ingredient combinations and shows some consideration of the island’s culinary culture, native produce, history or tradition. Another criteria is that the dish must have a price that is accessible for the average diner.
Tourism Kangaroo Island chairman Pierre Gregor said the board committed significant funds and organisation to the competition. “The event helps to give the island additional exposure, attracts visitors, showcases our regional product and generally value-adds to the tourist experience.”
The winning chef will receive a KI Outdoor Adventure package worth $1000, as well as being featured in a range of local and mainland publications.
Mr Gregor said “events such as this have significant potential to supplement the few that are currently in place and help to put Kangaroo Island on the SA Events Calendar. We’d encourage as many locals as possible to come down and cheer on the chefs.”
KI Seafood Feastival is on from Friday to Wednesday. Go to www.goodfoodkangarooisland.com. There will be marquee cover at Saturday’s event in case of inclement weather