Head chef Jonathan Heath has put his rivals on notice.
Manu Feildel and Colin Fassnidge have given his "Perfect Plate" dish the tick of approval.
The celebrity chef duo were at Cessnock's Vincent St Kitchen + Bar on Tuesday as ambassadors for the 2021 Your Local Club Perfect Plate Awards.
There, they sampled Heath's Perfect Plate entry - slow-cooked beef cheeks - and rated it "five out of five".
The Perfect Plate Awards is a new club culinary competition that asks chefs from clubs across the state to put forward their best dish, with club patrons deciding the winners.
There will be three state-wide winners in the small, medium and large club categories, plus 13 regional winners.
ClubsNSW CEO Josh Landis reckons competition will be fierce.
"Clubs from the Newcastle and Hunter region have always performed strongly in our dining competitions. In fact, Vincent St Kitchen + Bar was the winner of our old Chef's Table competition when it last ran in 2019," he said.
"Plenty of other local clubs have recorded podium finishes in the past and it certainly wouldn't surprise me if a Hunter-based club took out the state-wide award.
"Judging by the quality and variety of the competition dishes, local diners will be spoiled for choice in this year's Perfect Plate Awards."
Voting is open until June 21. Diners are encouraged to visit participating clubs, taste the Perfect Plate dish on offer and score it out of five by scanning the eatery's unique QR code or filling out a simple paper voting form.
While diners can only vote for each Perfect Plate dish once, they are encouraged to taste as many competition dishes at as many NSW clubs as possible. The most prolific club eaters will be in the running to win dining vouchers worth up to $2500.
Fourteen clubs from across Newcastle and the Hunter are competing:
The winners will be announced at a special gala dinner on July 7 at Doltone House, Darling Harbour.
To find out more, visit perfectplate.com.au.
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