Relish the best of the west

Berlinda Conti The West Australian November 10, 2015

Relish the best of the west

Jack’s supermarket at Claremont Quarter will be cook-up central on December 5 as the four WA’s Signature Dish finalists, along with their mentor chefs, prepare and serve their creations to the public during an in-store food- festival celebration.

All eight Farmer Jack’s stores will be stocking the local ingredients used throughout the competition. Farmer Jack’s managing director Fred Fairthorne said this would enable visitors to create their favourite WA’s Signature Dish at home.

“We’re pretty parochial and proud,” Mr Fairthorne said when referring to the strong WA focus found at each of the supermarkets.

“We’ve had the privilege of doing business with some wonderful WA producers and formed strong friendships with all of them over the years.

“We might be smaller than the chains but we still stock more than 25,000 items with the emphasis always on Western Australia first and foremost,” he said.

Each of the contestants will be involved in the cooking demonstrations. Customers can try the finalists’ dishes and learn how to prepare them at home.

In what will take on a mini- foodmarket format, a range of producers from each of the competition’s regional areas will also exhibit their wares as part of the Buy West Eat Best initiative.

“The last Buy West Eat Best festival was such a big success, we decided to combine it with the WA’s Signature Dish event to highlight the Gascoyne, Kimberley, Peel and Swan Valley food-producing regions,” Mr Fairthorne said.

“Due to the devastating effects of the recent cyclones, we are putting a big emphasis on the Gascoyne region this year. So expect to find Shark Bay wild prawns and Spanish mackerel and chillies and zucchini from Carnarvon.”

Visit Jack’s Claremont Quarter from 11am-2pm for the WA’s Signature Dish finalist demonstrations. Tasting booths, featuring a selection of the ingredients used in the dishes, will be open from 10am.