Food

Hunter's best chefs face off in 13th Hunter Valley 'Food Fight'

Simon McCarthy
Updated June 26 2024 - 1:32pm, first published June 25 2024 - 6:30pm
Chef Sam Alexander's winning dish from the 13th annual Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight; smoked beetroot on a bed of whipped ricotta with sumac pickled onions, pomegranate molasses and dukkah. Picture by Simon McCarthy
Chef Sam Alexander's winning dish from the 13th annual Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight; smoked beetroot on a bed of whipped ricotta with sumac pickled onions, pomegranate molasses and dukkah. Picture by Simon McCarthy

Four of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley's top chefs squared off in a battle of the culinary arts on Tuesday afternoon, setting their unique styles against each other in a four-course blind lunch to see whether the city or the valley could lay claim to the region's best.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes news and features, and produces video and multimedia, for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine. He contributes regularly to the Newcastle Herald’s daily Topics column, and is the co-creator and producer of the Toohey’s News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016. Contact McCarthy on Signal at @SimonMcCarthy.50 or via this link: https://signal.me/#eu/SogMRDSICna4awnaQul1KAYAonquE3VoSG1eSaxudp73Pq8de-tDPI2GvkjVjoZR

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