On Wednesday February 4, Louise Di Virgilio of Highbury was crowned the State Finalist of ‘Australia’s Best Home Cooked Dish’ Competition as part of the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival.
More than 18 home cooks will battle it out across Australia in the state finals held at ILVE showrooms this month, with Festival Director Jim Berardo attending each final. The grand final of the competition will take place on Sunday May 17, 2015, at the NIFW, where competitors will cook alongside top chefs and festival attendees and will be judged by a panel of the leading chefs and representatives from competition sponsors taste.com.au and ILVE. The South Australian state final took place at the Spartan Electrical Showroom in Torrensville.
Louise’s winning recipe King Prawn Linguine used locally sourced ingredients including an egg linguine dried pasta from L’Abruzzese with fresh vegetables from local fruit markets.
Since the competition launch in 2013, the Festival competition has been inundated with incredible recipes from home cooks keen to go in the running for the substantial $25,000 grand prize consisting of a $10,000 ILVE appliance package; an exclusive Di Bella Coffee package valued at $5000; a VIP trip for two to the 2016 NIFW including flights, accommodation and event tickets; KitchenAid appliances; Mary Ryan’s $2,000 cookbook library and the honour of taking out the title: ILVE Presents ‘Australia’s Best Home Cooked Dish 2015’.
The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival is in its 12th year and is the largest event of its kind in Australia, attracting key celebrity Chefs and approximately 30-35,000 people over the 4 days. It runs from 14th – 17th May with national food & wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, master classes, satellite events and a chance to get up close and personal with the likes of Matt Preston, Neil Perry, Matt Moran and others.
For more information about the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, plus information on how you can attend and cheer on Louise as she represents South Australia can be found online here.
Good luck, Louise!