The search for the ultimate WA dish is on.
In an initiative as part of the annual Celebrate WA festivities, the Department of Agriculture and Food and WA's top chefs have teamed up to promote and judge the State's signature dish.
Chairman of the judges, restaurateur Guillaume Brahimi, says the Signature Dish competition gives amateur cooks a great opportunity to celebrate local produce and create a dish that showcases WA produce.
"We're looking for WA on a plate," Brahimi said. "We want dishes which respect the seasons and the best produce we have here in WA.
"It's an incredible opportunity to create a dish which will become the epitome of WA eating. I expect the competition will unearth some hidden home recipes."
The winner of the Statewide competition will be announced in June at a gala cook-off on Western Australia Day.
The winner will receive two days mentorship with Brahimi at his Bistro Guillaume at Crown Perth, including two days accommodation at Crown.
Chefs David Coomer, Peter Manifis, Sophie Zalokar and Chris Taylor will mentor regional competitors as the competition reaches its climax over the next three months.
Launching the program yesterday, the Minister for Agriculture and Food Ken Baston paid homage to the reputation of WA produce.
"Our food is world class," he said.
"There are so many examples, from Carnarvon bananas to Manjimup truffles to Great Southern marron and Margaret River wagyu."
Entries for the competition open today and close on April 7. Full details are available at wasignaturedish.com.au.