Young chefs in finals
YOUNG Coffs Ex-Services Club chefs Ben Pike and Peter Nash are finalists in the ClubsNSW Chef's Table 2005 culinary competition.
The Chef's Table competition is designed to reward culinary innovation and has been created by ClubsNSW to recognise talented and creative chefs and cooks working in NSW clubs.
The award is for the team of two cooks that can create the most innovative threecourse menu within a given budget and given time constraints.
To reach the finals, the teams had to submit their menu and a comprehensive document with a section including details on the operation of the kitchen.
The three-course menus were required to demonstrate the entrants' creativity and knowledge of cooking skills.
Judging of the finalists is now under way and the Coffs Harbour Club team was put through its paces at the club's Rendezvous Restaurant recently, with an invited group of diners enjoying the opportunity to sample their cuisine.
The teams are being judged on their execution of their submitted menu, including preparation of the dishes, taste, presentation and keeping within the budget. Menus must be creat- ed for a minimum of 20 guests, including a team of four judges.
The overall winners will be announced at the ClubsNSW Awards of Excellence in Sydney on May 27.