Chef Stefano Mazzina (left) and home cooks Mel Hardy and Keith Street slug it out over the pots and pans.
Chef Stefano Mazzina (left) and home cooks Mel Hardy and Keith Street slug it out over the pots and pans. Trevor Veale

Chef shows how to dish it out

CHEF Stefano Mazzina justified his outright favouritism in pre-event betting for yesterday's Coffs Harbour Show Us Ya Dish competition.

Stefano's Stuffed Lalaguli Squid with Prawns, which incorporated zucchini and eggplant, served on a salsa and was decorated with tiny edible flowers, was voted the top dish.

Last week the Fiasco Ristorante chef's recipe won the award for best entree for the Mid North Coast team at Sydney's Crave Food Festival 100 Mile Challenge.

Close behind him in second place was Emerald Beach cook Mel Hardy with her Thai-style Seachange Surf and Turf dish which combined rib eye fillet with garlic and peppercorn flavoured prawns and squid served with cucumber and fresh herbs.

The judges praised this dish for its balance and freshness.

In third place was Keith Street, whose Steamed Fish Greek Style earned praise for its perfectly cooked fish and the savoury skordalia (Greek garlic and potato sauce).

The judges were Ian Henderson from 2CS, Scott Newman from Morrisons Electrical Mega Store and Angela Van den Bosch from the Pet Porpoise Pool.

Special guest, Australian landscape architect and television personality Costa Georgiadis, whose plane was delayed, still arrived in time for the conclusion of the competition.

The host of the SBS TV series Costa's Garden Odyssey is in town this week to host the Sustainable Living Festival.

Meanwhile the microphone was competently manned by David Laarhoven, with the only untoward event being an attempt by an enterprising seagull to steal a prawn for his lunch.



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