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Goldstein Eswood Announces the Winner of the Smartchef Cooking Competition at Fine Food Show 2013

The Goldstein Eswood stand at the Fine Food Show yesterday was abuzz with excitement as the much anticipated finals of the Smartchef Cooking Competition took place in front of judges Mark Jensen (Red Lantern in Surry Hills), Eddie Cofie (M&J Chickens), Frank Shek (China Doll, China Lane, China Diner) and Morris Aziz (Gemelle Ristorante, Liverpool). 

With just 2 hours to prepare and present an entrée of Yellow fin tuna 4 ways and a main of veal cutlet, things really heated up when the finalists,Team Gemini (VIC) and Team Nepean (NSW) were presented with a surprise challenge of a mystery box of dessert ingredients. The highly skilled teams did not disappoint as a delightfully smooth chocolate soufflé from Team Nepean and the most decadent chocolate tart by Team Gemini made the judges debate for 30 minutes over who the winner should be.  

The presentation dinner was held at Georges Bar & Grill King Street Wharf and was attended by all 8 Smartchef semi-finalist teams, highly acclaimed judges and valued clients and staff of Goldstein Eswood. It was a tense battle and an extremely close call and Goldstein Eswood announced the 2013 Smartchef winners of $5,000 as Team Gemini. Team Gemini include Mark DePilla and Nola Puppa from Gemini Catering Equipment and Michael Demagistris and Storm Oxborough of Sorrento Golf Club. Second place was awarded to the highly skilled and extremely organised Team Nepean who are donating their prize money of $2,000 to charity. Team Nepean comprises of Dean Large of Nepean Hospitality, Phil Scott of Phil’s bistro at Riverstone Sportsmans Hotel and Stephen Keaton of Fork Brasserie at Windsor RSL. There was a tie at third place with Team Ribarovski Manufacturing (NSW) and Chefs Hat (VIC) and both teams were awarded with a $1,000 cheque each. Goldstein Eswood thanked the other dedicated semi-finalist teams for their precious time; Citigroup / Beckham Trade, Team Bunzl, QCC Infuzions and UFD/Hunter Crowne Plaza. 






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