Head of the Clubs NSW Chef's Table

Tuesday, 26 July, 2016

Figtree at Wests Mayfield were awarded GOLD and Hobarts by Lesley Taylor at Wests New Lambton were awarded SILVER!

This result is unprecidented in Club NSW Chefs Table award history.

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The Chef’s Table Competition was created to reward and recognise the many talented chefs, cooks and apprentices in NSW clubs.
Keenly contested every year, the competition offers clubs a unique way to showcase their chefs’ culinary talents and to promote their venue as a true dining destination. It is also designed to develop and challenge the skills and knowledge of your kitchen team.

Two Wests’ chef teams went head-to-head in a battle to be crowned the State’s best club chef in the prestigious Chef’s Table competition.

The challenge was to create the most innovative and appealing 3-course menu for a total food cost value of $22 per person.
The chefs had to utilise five key ingredients of Single Origin chocolate, rabbit, fresh Australian seafood, a native Australian ingredient and anchor cooking cream as part of their menu.

The Wests Group CEO Philip Gardner applauded the culinary talent of both Lesley and Dylan and their respective teams for their outstanding achievement of reaching the finals.

“Both teams have developed exceptional menu options with this year’s key ingredients and I look forward to seeing how it all comes together,” Mr Gardner said.

“The competition recognises that Wests is more than just a club, it’s a true dining destination with exceptional chefs and innovative and creative menus.

“The competition also provides our chefs with the opportunity to challenge themselves and to further develop their skills and knowledge, and I’m sure people eating at our clubs will see the benefits.”

In the finals the chefs were judged on the execution, taste and presentation of their 3-course menu, as well as their preparation skills and kitchen procedures.

The two talented chefs impressed the Chef’s Table judging panel and 15 other guests. Wests is the only Club in the Hunter to have a finalist in this year’s Chef’s Table.