Masterchef Celebrity Judges Pressure Cooking Final

To celebrate Bankstown area’s cultural diversity and reputation as an international food hot spot, cultural advisors generously shared their knowledge and passion for cooking with teams competing in the community Chef’s Challenge. The judging panel included Bankstown local, Justine Schofield, who shot to culinary fame as a semi finalist in the recent Masterchef series. Justine and the other 3 judges, cookbook authors Brigid Treloar and Kiri Valsamis and Cultural Advisor, Shaista Khan, were impressed with the quality of the dishes.

man cookingOn Saturday, 28 november 2009, with cameras rolling to record every chop, stir and careful flip, the two multicultural teams were ready to sweat it out cooking under pressure in front of a crowd at Bankstown Centro Shopping Centre for the title of Bankstown Pressure Cooks 2009. But… there was a problem with the power and the brand new stoves jued. A real chef’s challenge! After the hurried purchase of electric frypans the contestants had to adapt their planned recipes to cook everything in the one pan. The two teams, one Chinese and one Maltese, had one hour to cook a salmon dish, inspired by a cultural cuisine outside their own.

It was a tough decision between the Hot & Spicy team’s crispy skinned Atlantic Salmon fillets with lemongrass, garlic and chillies with asparagus and creamy mash and the Crazy Daisy team’s dill and lemon pepper Atlantic Salmon cutlets with pan fried potatoes, asparagus and mediterranean salad. With only one mark separating them it was teamwork and attention to detail that finally won Hot & Spicy’s team, Sue Sun & Robert Huang, the title of Pressure Cooks of the Year with vouchers for three master classes of their choice at the Sydney Seafood School, two ceramic platters from Malcolm Greenwood, one of Australia’s leading potters, an Ayam Foods hamper, and tickets to the Urban Theatre Project’s new show at the Sydney Festival.

For more information and photos go to the Benevolant Society article or the Bankstown Pressure Cooks website. You can listen to one of the cultural advisors, Shaista Khan, talk to Deborah Cameron on ABC radio 702 mornings.

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