The lunch! event held in Sydney for the take-away food industry incorporated competitions for the best sandwich, wrap, juice and smoothie. The overall winner in the sandwich section, Mal Gill from Lady Marmalade & Shady Palms, Brisbane, cleaned up with a wrap including Berbere spiced shredded beef brisket, sweet potato, beetroot hummus and bitter leaves. His winning lunch roll was a Tokyo Pork Belly Sub with spiced pear relish, miso mayo, raw Brussell sprout slaw and five-spiced crackling. It’s a long way from toasted ham and cheese!
The winners in the other divisions were equally exotic. The winning Smoothie, dubbed “The Warrior” used all organic ingredients, to wit: banana, blueberries, raspberries, coconut oil, chia seeds, almonds, brown rice protein powder and mesquit powder. The top juice was a little less daunting – a Fresh Fruit Frappe of apple, pear, watermelon and pineapple, with a topping of strawberries, passionfruit, grapes and fresh mint.