Restaurant Challenge 2024

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Weigh up and prep according to the rules 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm, NO cooking after 5 pm Competition Day

Daily Times | 6.30 am- 2 pm
Competition | 7.30 am-12.30 pm.
Service | 12.30 pm | 1.00 pm
Kitchen Breakdown |1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

We’re thrilled to invite you to the 2024 Restaurant Challenge! Here’s what you need to know:

Competition Overview:

Teams| Up to 9 teams, with 4 teams cooking daily over 3 days.
Challenge: Each team will face off against the clock to prepare a two-course meal (main and dessert) for 54 diners, serving all within 30 minutes.
Composition: Each team requires a team manager and three qualified chefs

Menu Requirements:

Main Course: An individually plated dish using a specified protein (to be confirmed), accompanied by starch, pulses, vegetables, and a sauce/chutney/relish/dressing.
Dessert: A cold plated dish incorporating at least two Queen Professional Products, with suitable sauces and garnishes.

Important Details: Timing: Dishes must be served as per the timing schedule.
Food Preparation: 54 plates for each course – breakdown, four plated for judges and 50 for guests.
Protein: Provided, with orders due by 5pm on Friday May 3, 2024. Additional protein is welcome however it will be at your cost.
Dietary Needs: Will be communicated on competition day. Please highlight potential allergens on your menu.
Applications: We request all applications are submitted by the cut off being April 15 for the final team selection to be announced. Online application form and food philosophy.

Financial Support:
Appearance Fee:
$1,500 per team to assist with travel and accommodation, paid – post-competition.
Food Cost Reimbursement: $400 allocated for ingredients – paid post-competition.
Equipment and Accommodation:
Each team is to manage accommodation needs and cover their costs.

Kitchen Equipment: Provided as listed in the competition materials. Additional or specialised equipment must be sourced by the team.
Accommodation: Teams are responsible for their bookings.
Additional Information: Equipment will be supplied as per the kitchen Equipment list on following attachment.
Specialised equipment will be allowed and must be tagged and tested.

**All front of house service and staff will be supplied by Australian Culinary Federation this includes beverages. All cutlery and crockery for restaurant service will be supplied by the Australian Culinary Federation**

Registration: Required for entry, with a link available on the competition page.
Documentation: Please Submit
Team entry form
Individual entry form
Recipes using the ACF templates. 


First Prize: $3,000 value
Second Prize: $2,000
Third Prize: $1,000
2024 promises to be an exciting year for the competitions after the disruption. 

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