Getting into the bake-off spirit are judges Matt Mayall and Manfred Rudolf.
Getting into the bake-off spirit are judges Matt Mayall and Manfred Rudolf.

Sweet treats for market bake-offs

Fabulous with a frying pan? Creative in the kitchen?

Then you could be the first local master market chef in the New Brighton and Mullum Farmers Market bake-off competitions, being held in October as part of the Sydney International Food Festival.

“We've never done anything like this before and it's the first year this festival has actively encouraged regional NSW farmers markets to get involved, so we're really pleased to be part of it all,” market manager Tony Hinds said.

“People are always talking about the inventive recipes they've come up with using all the fresh local produce we have here, so we're very confident we're going to see some tasty and original dishes.” And there's great incentive to get creative, with a $150 market voucher for first prize, $100 for second and $50 for third up for grabs at each market.

There's also a people's choice prize – a market voucher worth $50.

To enter the New Brighton bake-off, competitors need to register at the market on October 5.

Competitors will receive an information pack with rules and a list of seasonal produce to use in the creation of either a sweet or savoury dish. Competitors will be required to bring their culinary masterpieces to the following Tuesday's market bake-off on October 12 from 8am to 8.30am for display and judging.

The New Brighton competition will be judged by Manfred Rudolf from the Yum Yum Tree Cafe in New Brighton and Matt Mayall from Cino Bambino in Brunswick Heads, with a prize presentation scheduled for 10am.

Mullumbimby Farmers Market invites competitors to come and register at the market on Friday, October 22, and pick up a copy of the rules and a list of seasonal produce.

All dishes will then need to be presented for display and judging at the Mullum market bake-off on Friday, October 29.

The Mullumbimby competition will be judged by Mullumbimby chef Chris Pellen from Milk and Honey and food writer Victoria Cosford.

“I know how passionate people around here are about food so I won't be surprised at all if this becomes an extremely fiery competition,” Mr Hinds said.

Entry is free but only one entry per person is allowed.

Foodie and cafe cook extraordinaire Matt Mayall from Cino Bambino in Brunswick Heads said he'd be looking for something different and original from competitors.

"I want them to have a real go at creating something inventive. It doesn't have to be terribly complex but I'll be looking for recipes that show originality and aren't straight out of a Donna Hay cook book,” he said.

Chef Manfred Rudolf from the Yum Yum Tree in New Brighton said he would also reward ingenuity.

"I'll be looking for texture, taste and originality," he said.

Both judges said they were ‘masterchefly' excited about the bake-off and were expecting a great show of creativity from competitors.

"The produce from the market is so fresh and good and our region is known for its creativity,” Matt said.


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