The three chefs mystery box cook-off

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 The Three Chef Mystery Box Cook-Off

A wonderful way to launch the Tweed Foodie Fest 2013 is with a cook-off between three of our best local chefs.

Let me introduce them to you.

Jonathon Evan’s – head chef and owner of JuJu’s Mediterranean Style Cafe.

Jonathon is one the chefs showcasing his wonderful culinary skills in what will be an exciting event this Wednesday launching the Tweed Foodie Fest’s first event at the market with the Three Chef Mystery Box Cook-Off.

After working in 5 star hotels and hatted restaurants in Sydney, Jonathon opened a French Restaurant in Armidale where for 7 years he delighted the locals with his unique cuisine. A short stint in Mur-bah and naturally he fell in love with the area. However the UK and Europe beckoned so travelling abroad gave Jonathon some new experiences which he has brought to JuJu’s. He and Mel decided to create this place as a unique cosy spot with a focus on fresh local produce. Jonathon is a regular at the market each week checking out and picking up the best fresh produce from which he creates an interesting and diverse menu.

Don’t miss out on seeing what he prepares in the cook-off this Wednesday!

Thomas Pirker – head chef Mavis’ Kitchen and Cabins

Thomas has vast national and international experience. He completed an apprenticeship at Hotel Arlberg Hospiz and then worked at private hotels in Austria, Switzerland and Ireland.

The Hilton Hotels recognized talent young chef with loads of potential and Thomas commenced as a chef at Hilton Basel in Switzerland – later to become their executive sous chef. More recently he has been executive chef at the Hilton at Surfers Paradise and the Hilton in Cairns.

Thomas will add to the mystery of tomorrow’s chef cook-off surprising us with his wonderful, creative culinary skills. Don’t miss seeing him in action!

David Hillis – Chef / Owner of Greenhills On Tweed is more than a chef – he has an eye for a business opportunity. He says it has been a great journey restoring “The Grand Old Lady” to create magical moments for all who take the opportunity to visit. Having been in hospitality since the age of 17 his wealth of experience is reflected in his vision of wonderful food, fine wine and a perfect view looking across to Mt Warning with its many personalities.

Don’t miss out on seeing what inspirational delights David conjures up tomorrow morning at the mystery box chef cook-off.

And now to process:

The chefs will each be given a mystery box containing identical produce provided by the market stallholders. They are allowed to add just two extra ingredients of their own choosing, plus condiments.

They have 45 minutes to create a winning dish.

Can you imagine the pressure of prepping and cooking in front of the market crowds with facilities that are scant compared to a fully fitted kitchen!  But these three chefs are more than up to the challenge!

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