Date: May 30, 2011

Elanora Country Club Eats Up Second State Chef Award

Elanora Country Club is in celebration mode after winning a prestigious chef competition for the second time. Club Executive Chef Christopher Devine and Sous Chef Paul Sanders received the 2011 ClubsNSW Chef s Table award at the annual Awards for Excellence gala last night. The club scored the Best Entr e and overall winner, adding to their silver and gold awards won over the past five years of the seven-year competition. The pair out-mastered 11 other teams working in ClubsNSW s 1400 clubs, serving up a threecourse meal with local produce. For the first time in the competition, mushrooms were a compulsory ingredient with the chefs serving it up in the form of Saut Swiss Brown and Button Mushrooms in the main course. ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball congratulated Mr Devine, Mr Sanders and the club for their impressive work to score the top gong. Elanora Country Club is not a big club but they still managed to win this state chef award twicethe food and service is second to none, he said. Over the past 15 years clubs have branched out from the humble bistro and are now catering for fine diners but still delivering reasonable prices. Elanora Country Club is a testament that the 1400 NSW registered clubs are raising the bar when it comes to dining. Mr Devine and Mr Sanders will now spend the next few months preparing to represent NSW in the National Chefs Table Awards. The winner will be announced at the ClubsNSW Conference Dinner held at the Gold Coast on October 10. Elanora Country Club’s winning three-course menu:

Terrine of Ocean Trout and Balmain Bug Tails on a Shaved Fennel Salad with a Pernod, Champagne and Saffron Vinaigrette. Veal Zurichoise served on an Onion and Bacon Roesti with Saut Swiss Brown and Button Mushrooms, Freshly Shelled Peas and a Cepe Cream Sauce. Granny Smith Apple Parfait topped with Apple Granita served with Honeycomb Tuiles, Bitter Chocolate, Milk Ice Cream and Champagne Foam.

Wollongong Golf Club is a Finalist in the Best Casual Dining Venue in the small clubs section, and The Grange Golf Club is a Finalist in the Best Club Function Venue Award section. Congratulations to Elanora, Wollongong and The Grange Golf Clubs.