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The annual Noosa International Food & Wine Festival (NIFW) is coming up in May, and we’re already in the spirit! Throughout February, more than 18 home cooks battled it out across Australia in the State Finals of Australia’s Best Home Cooked Dish Competition.

Proudly sponsored by ILVE for the fifth year in a row, the exciting State Finals for the competition were held at each of our showrooms. With our top-of-the-line products available for our contestants to whip up their masterpieces in, some truly mouth-watering dishes were produced. The State Final judges, including NIFW Director Jim Berardo, followed this culinary journey around the country, sampling each recipe the contestants had to offer. Did somebody say, “Dream Job”?

As difficult as it was to choose, winners eventually had to be crowned. You can meet the talented State Finals champions right here before they go on to battle in the Grand Final:

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Beth McMillan will be representing NSW & ACT. Here she is with her dish: Twice Cooked Duck Marylands with Anchovies.

Missie Austwick

Our winner for Tasmania is Missie Austwick! She cooked a Beef Steak, Bacon and Oyster Pie that we’re just dying to try as the weather cools down.

John Beaney

Representing Victoria is John Beaney, who cooked this divine dish of Bocconcini Meatballs.

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April Kopf was chosen as WA’s representative, her winning dish was an amazing serving of Shakshuka.

Louise Di Virgilio

Here is the SA winner, Louise Di Virgilio! Her dish of King Prawn Linguine was too good to resist.

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Jacqui Smyth’s classic dish of Fish and Chips won her the QLD title, and it’s not hard to see why!

The sensational Grand Final of Australia’s Best Home Cooked Dish Competition will take place on Sunday, May 17 at NIFW. We’re looking forward to seeing which brilliant home chef will come out on top!

For tickets and further information on the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, visit their website here: http://www.noosafoodandwine.com.au