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Flavours of Lennox 2018 – a competitive cooking event

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Now in its sixth year, Flavours of Lennox is staged as a mini-event at the Love Lennox Festival. It is organised by volunteers and members of the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce. The mini-event has been designed and implemented in order to expose local eateries to new customers, both locals and holidaymakers.

The Love Lennox Festival and its fame have travelled far beyond our local area, bringing in extra visitors to the Festival and town who otherwise may have not have travelled here during the cooler months.

The mini-event of Flavours of Lennox captures the interest of these visitors and allows them to sample different cuisines and foods produced in Lennox, which they may have not been able to try in their short stay.

Changing it up this year!

No longer just a people’s choice award, this year Flavours of Lennox will be run as Masterchef-style event. Four renowned judges will taste up to 15 flavours from Lennox eateries.

The judges are:

Sam Morton (Morto) – the head chef of the Three Blue Ducks

Sarah McGror – Food Blogger at Get Forked And Fly

Gray StockdaleThe Stockpot Kitchen, Bangalow

Richard Tuohy – Byron Bay Cacao

The judges’ decision will be final, and announced on the day, with a trophy awarded. Last year’s winner was Lex Thai.

In addition to the professional food judges, there will be a People’s Choice award given out to the winner of Best Flavour, as decided by an online vote by the Festival visitors.

How it works

The competitive cooking event starts at 11am Saturday 2nd June at the Love Lennox Festival and will finish by 1pm.

Approximately 15–20 participating restaurants and food providers will prepare a ‘flavour’ – not a meal. ​This same ‘flavour’ will be what they are selling to festival-goers on the day, priced between $5 and $10.

Volunteers on the day will escort chefs to the judging stage where they will introduce their flavour and hand it to the judges for tasting and judging.

An MC and a judges’ host will run the event.

Judging starts at approximately 11am. Four flavours judged every 10 minutes. ​Scores tallied. Three finalists and one winner announced. Trophy awarded at 12.45pm.

Judges will be introduced to one another prior to event, and will agree on a scoring system.

More info: Flavours of Lennox

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