THE hunt is on for the best barbecue cook in NSW, so those who fancy themselves as a bit of a barbie connoisseur should get their tools ready for a showdown.
Several heats will be held across the state for the Regional NSW BBQ Challenge, including one in Inverell at the end of the month.
The winner from each heat will go onto compete at the final in Sydney and aside from wearing the crown for the best barbie cook, the winner will also appear on NBN’s Alive and Cooking television show.
The competition is a part of a major food and wine tourism initiative created to drive visitation to regional NSW while also giving the towns involved the opportunity to celebrate the range, diversity and excellent quality of their produce.
The heats will also feature cookbook author Kim Terakes and The Wine Man, Peter Bourne, who will provide commentary on local produce and wines to accompany the food.
Crowds will be entertained by the aptly named musical trio, the BBQ Kings.
Presenter of Alive and Cooking, James Reeson will be one of the judges at each event.
The judges will look for dishes that show a good use of local produce, good presentation, creativity and taste.
The top cook fromt he heats – that will also be held in Young and Bowral – will head to Sydney for the final cook-off as part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival in October.
The Inverell heat will be held on September 22 and 23.
More information and competitor registrations can be found at www.nswbbqchallenge.com.au