What's our signature dish?

EBONY SWETMAN
Chefs Guillaume Brahimi, David Coomer, Peter Manifis, Sophie Zalokar, Don Hancey and Ralf Vogt show off some fresh WA produce at the launch of WA’s Signature Dish Competition at Bistro Guillaume, Crown Perth.

The search has begun to find Western Australia’s signature dish.

Buy West Eat Best has partnered with Celebrate WA to go on a Statewide hunt called WA’s Signature Dish and the competition will crown the recipe that best puts our State on a plate.

The competition asks for dishes to use a WA grown, farmed, fished, produced or processed food product as its main ingredient.

And it will have some star power, with renowned French-born chef Guillaume Brahimi joining a panel of judges to choose the winning dish.

Brahimi is one of Australia’s most acclaimed chefs.

He trained under Michelin-starred Joel Robuchon in Paris and moved to Sydney in the 1990s, where he took over the flagship restaurant, Bennelong, at the Sydney Opera House.

He said was looking forward to discovering something fresh and new about WA produce.

“I would love to discover something I haven’t discovered in Western Australia — that would be great,” he said.

WA’s Signature Dish is sponsored by WA Regional Newspapers.

To be in the running, amateur cooks need to submit their recipe online and then battle it out in one of four regional finals held in the Great Southern, Southern Forests, Gascoyne and Perth and surrounds.

Chefs David Coomer, Peter Manifis, Sophie Zalokar and Chris Taylor will mentor regional competitors.

The winner of each regional final will work with a high-profile mentor chef to get them ready for the grand finale set to be held in Perth on June 2 as part of WA Day celebrations.

Brahimi said the winning dish would successfully highlight one hero WA ingredient, such as marron, coral trout or Margaret River wagyu beef.

Visit wasignaturedish.com.au to enter or to find out more. Entries close on April 7.