Team South Burnett

Team South Burnett is a group of dedicated professional chefs that compete in the [ LifeStyle FOOD Channel Australian Regional Culinary Competition] .
All team members hale from the South Burnett region, which is located in South East Queensland, Australia - approximately two hours drive from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane or Fraser Coast. The South Burnett is an area rich in history, agriculture, wineries and welcoming country towns. It is also the home of the majestic Bunya Mountains.
In 2003 and 2007, the culinary team competed at the cooking competition, which is held as a key event of Tasting Australia.
Tasting Australia is a biannual festival of Australian wine and food held in the South Australian capital of Adelaide in October. It was launched in 1997 by Ian Parmenter and David Evans, for which they were awarded a Jaguar Award for Excellence in 2001 from the Gourmet Traveller. It attracts more than 200 national and international journalists, and several thousands of visitors.


Team South Burnett was formed on March 9 2002, at the [ Tarong Mine Wine and Food in the Park Festival] . The festival is held annually in Memorial Park, Kingaroy.

The festival featured the first annual [ South Burnett Culinary Competition] , with a judging panel comprised of Alison Alexander (Food Consultant), [ John McDonald] (Fine Food Providor) and [ Jason Ford] (Chef).
John McDonald saw great potential in the competing chefs, and their regionally inspired dishes and urged Jason Ford to lead a team at the [ 2003 LifeStyle Food Channel Australian Regional Culinary Competition] . He regarded the South Burnett as a burgeoning wine and food tourism region and suggested that exposure at a national event would lead to positive outcomes.

Jason accepted John’s advice and assembled a team by the end of the day.

After raising $20,000 (AUD) in local financial partnerships, Team South Burnett travelled to Adelaide, South Australia and represented their region against 30 other Australian teams.

Team South Burnett where ultimately unable to achieve a placing in the top three positions. However, in their debut at the internationally renowned culinary competition, they outscored the defending gold medalists [ Team Hunter Valley] .

And, in 2007 they placed in the top ten teams.

[ Click here] , to view footage of Team South Burnett competing at the 2003 LifeStyle Channel Australian Regional Culinary Competition


South Burnett, Queensland, Australia

Team Members


* [ SBLGA Article 06/10/2003]
* [ LifeStyle Channel 07/10/2003]
* [ PCA Article 13/10/2003]
* [ WIN News 28/11/2006]
* [ Events South Australia Article 20/07/2007]

External links

* [ Team South Burnett website]
* [ Tasting Australia website]
* [ South Burnett Online website]
* [ South Burnett Cuisine website]
* [ South Burnett Wine website]
* [ South Burnett Tourism website]

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