Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) house-made very berry sorbet has been awarded the champion trophy at Australia’s premier food event, the 2014 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards (RMFFA).
After winning a gold medal in July, MCEC’s very berry sorbet was declared champion sorbet at the awards ceremony held in the Tastes of Victoria Pavilion at the Royal Melbourne Show yesterday.
MCEC’s Executive Chef Tony Panetta said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the result. It’s always exciting when we win medals at these awards, let alone a champion trophy.
“It’s a real credit to our talented and creative team of chefs to have their work recognised alongside the best of the best across Australia.
“Visitors are regularly surprised that MCEC has an in-house team of chefs who produce menu items and dishes from scratch and to be recognised in this way is a huge accomplishment.”
MCEC’s food and wine philosophy is simple: to think local and support Victorian suppliers. Chefs regularly travel through the state to personally meet with producers and scout out the best seasonal ingredients.
MCEC’s Chief Executive Peter King said: “This champion trophy is a great example of how our chefs are breaking the mould that surrounds traditional business events catering, competing against some of the leading producers in the country.
“Our team do a terrific job at putting Victorian produce on a global stage, giving our visitors a true taste of Melbourne and Victoria.
“It’s also great to see our chefs rewarded for their creativity and hard work and I congratulate them on this significant achievement.”
MCEC’s chefs were also awarded two silver and two bronze medals at this year’s awards for a selection of their house-made ice creams, sorbets and yoghurt.
This is the second time MCEC have won a champion trophy, taking out the prize for its house-made vanilla yoghurt in 2012.
Conducted annually by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, the 2014 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards received more than 1100 entries from 225 exhibitors across Australia, ranging from larger commercial brands to smaller farmers and producers.