The club industry's premier cooking competition is designed to showcase the incredible quality and variety of food on offer at clubs, highlight the many talented chefs in the industry, and drive patrons into venues.
Last year's competition generated more than $1.6 million in revenue for participating clubs and significantly improved the public's perception of club dining in NSW.
How Does It Work?
All your club needs to do is submit a competition dish for your diners to taste and vote for before 11:59pm on Friday, 15 April — it's that easy! If your club has multiple eateries, you can submit a unique dish for each eatery and each eatery will be classed as a separate entry.
You can enter a dish that is currently on your menu, or you can create something new — be as creative as you’d like, but make sure your diners will want to purchase the dish so that they can vote for it!
The Perfect Plate Awards are judged entirely by diners. This means that every club has an equal opportunity to win.
Once registrations close, we'll provide you with marketing materials that have a unique QR code to display in your participating eateries.
Diners simply scan this unique QR code after tasting your competition dish and complete the form to submit a score between one and five. Diners will also need to upload a photo of their receipt to prove they purchased the dish, and we'll provide a paper form to enable any patrons without a smartphone to vote.
The clubs with the highest average score at the end of the competition will be crowned the winners in their respective award categories — there will be a winner in each region and three overall state-wide winners (based on membership size).
Celebrity chefs Manu Feildel and Colin Fassnidge are back as ambassadors for the 2022 Perfect Plate Awards!
Manu and Colin will be tasting and voting for delicious competition dishes at clubs across NSW, promoting the campaign and the quality of club dining.
- Co-host of My Kitchen Rules.
- Creator of ‘The Sauce by Manu’ sauce range.
- Author of Manu’s French Kitchen, Manu’s French Bistro, French for Everyone and More Please!
- Former judge on My Kitchen Rules.
- Executive Chef at Banksia Bistro and designer of the Terminus Pyrmont's menu
- Author of Four Kitchens and The Commonsense Cook.
- Star of the upcoming Australian Kitchen Nightmares
- Former contestant on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
What information do I need to complete an entry?
Registering is easy.
Just make sure you have the following information:
- The name of your club's eatery.
- The name of your chef who created the dish
- Dish name, price and description as it appears on the menu.
Can I enter an existing dish on our menu?
You can enter a dish currently on your menu or you can create something new — be as creative as you’d like, but make sure your diners will want to purchase the dish so that they can vote for it!
How many dishes can we enter? What if we have multiple eateries in our club?
You can enter one dish per eatery in your club. If your club is entering multiple eateries, each one must have a unique competition dish. Each eatery will be treated as a separate entry.
Can contract caterers enter?
Yes, contract caterers at a club can enter a dish the same way.
Is there a minimum or maximum price for competition dishes?
There is no minimum or maximum price for competition dishes, but your dish cannot be discounted during the competition period (besides the standard member discount on the non-member price). Just make sure that you choose a price that won't stop your patrons purchasing your dish — they need to purchase it in order to vote for it!
How do you ensure all votes are valid?
Diners can only vote for each dish once and need to prove that they purchased the dish they are voting for by attaching a photo of their receipt. This ensures that all votes are legitimate and provides a level playing field for all clubs, no matter their size.
How can we encourage diners to vote?
We will provide you with a wide range of marketing material that you can use in-venue and across your digital marketing channels, encouraging patrons to vote for your dish.
Make sure your staff know to promote your competition dish and can assist diners with voting — this was key to the success of the 2021 winners.
ClubsNSW is also providing incentives for diners to get out there and vote with two 'Foodie Getaway' experiences valued at over $3,000 each and daily dining vouchers up for grabs.
What can our club win?
All winning clubs will receive a commemorative plaque that they can proudly display within their club, as well as bragging rights for the next year! The three winning clubs in the state-wide category will also receive a local print, digital and radio advertising campaign worth $10,000.
When and how do we get our unique QR codes for voting?
You will be able to log in and download your unique QR codes for voting after Wednesday, 20 April. We will contact all participating clubs with more information when they are available.
How do diners vote for our dish?
Diners simply scan your eatery's unique QR code after ordering your competition dish and complete the form to submit a score between one and five. Diners will also need to upload a photo of their receipt to prove they purchased the dish, and we’ll provide a paper form to enable any patrons without a smartphone to vote.
What if a diner doesn't have a smart phone?
We will provide a paper voting form for any patrons without a smartphone. Any paper voting forms will need to have a receipt attached. A club employee will need to upload any paper votes by scanning the eatery's unique QR code.
How will ClubsNSW support the competition?
Participating clubs will benefit from a substantial ClubsNSW marketing campaign, at no cost to clubs. We are promoting Perfect Plate across The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, regional NewsCorp publications, radio, mainstream TV, and social media — follow Perfect Plate Awards on Facebook and Instagram and tag these accounts in any Perfect Plate content you share on your own pages.
There will also be a significant publicity campaign across the state to raise awareness for the competition.
When will public voting open and close?
Voting is open from Friday, 6 May until 11:59pm Sunday, 19 June.
When will the winners be announced?
The winning clubs/dishes will be announced at a special Awards Night on Thursday, 21 July. We will advise clubs when tickets go on sale.
How are the winners decided and what are the award categories?
The Perfect Plate Awards are judged entirely by diners, giving all clubs an equal opportunity to win. Diners will score your dish from one to five. After public voting has closed, we’ll announce the 13 regional award winners and three state-wide winners (based on membership size). The winners will be decided by public votes, with the club receiving the highest average score crowned the winner in their respective category.
The award categories are:
A big thank you to our Perfect Plate Partners - Anchor Food Professionals, Carlton & United Breweries, Kraft Heinz and Treasury Wine Estates
Congratulations to the previous winners of the Your Local Club Perfect Plate Awards.
See 2021 Winners
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