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The club industry's premier dining competition is designed to showcase the incredible quality and variety of food on offer at clubs across NSW, highlight the many talented chefs in the industry, and drive patrons into clubs.
How Does It Work?
All your club needs to do is submit a competition dish for your diners to taste and vote for before 19 May 2023 — 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 statewide winners (based on membership size).
With over 30 stellar years in the food industry behind him, a plethora of awards, a handful of best-selling cookbooks, and as the mastermind behind some of Australia’s most celebrated dining establishments; it’s safe to say Matt Moran is a culinary icon.
At the heart of all Matt’s endeavours lies a passion for fresh, seasonal produce. He is a fourth-generation farmer and still owns a farm in the Central Tablelands of NSW. He has a love of the land and is dedicated to supporting local and regional producers and growers.
Matt’s food career started at the age of 15 as an apprentice at La Belle Helene Restaurant in Roseville, where he discovered the art of classical French cooking. He opened his first restaurant at the age of 22 before expanding his portfolio of venues with the opening of Aria, Opera Bar, Chiswick, North Bondi Fish, Chophouse, Barangaroo House, and more recently The Rockley Pub situated near his farm.
Matt has also hosted prime time shows including Masterchef, The Chopping Block, My Restaurant Rules and The Great Australian Bake Off.
Courtney Roulston first rose to fame after finishing as a finalist in Series 2 of MasterChef Australia in 2010.
For over 11 seasons, Courtney worked as the Head Chef for the Sydney Swans AFL Team, cooking for the players and working closely with the team dietician to create wholesome meals for more than 80 players and support staff.
For over a decade, Courtney has proudly represented Coles Supermarkets and the Second Bite Charity organisation as an ambassador, which involves hosting various events, making media appearances and managing catering jobs all over Australia.
Having participated in Season 12 of MasterChef Australia: All Stars Back to Win in 2020, Courtney now hosts the very popular cooking series Farm to Fork which airs on Network Ten and is currently in its fourth season. The show takes Courtney all over the country to meet Aussie farming families and learn all about the produce they grow.
Courtney’s first job was in a bowling club, and she later went on to manage a club for over 11 years. She was also one of the judges for the club industry’s previous culinary competition, Chef's Table, for several years.
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 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 cast their vote.
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 the voting process.
ClubsNSW will also provide incentives for diners to get out there and vote, with unique dining experiences and other prizes up for grabs.
What can our club win?
All winning clubs will receive a commemorative plaque that they can proudly display within their club. The three winning clubs in the statewide category will also receive a local print, digital and radio advertising campaign worth $10,000. Best of all, winning clubs will earn bragging rights!
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 19 May 2023. We will contact all participating clubs with more information when they are available.
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, 2GB and WSFM 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 30 May 2023 – 9 July 2023.
When will the winners be announced?
The winning clubs/dishes will be announced at a special Awards Night on Tuesday, 25 July 2023 and tickets for the night will go on sale from Tuesday, 20 June 2023.
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 statewide 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 Food Service and Treasury Wine Estates
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