The Great Australian BBQ is taking the classic backyard barbie to another level in South Bank this weekend, to raise funds for Queensland Meals on Wheels.
South Bank will be hosting the trial episode for an upcoming Channel 7 television series this Saturday.
The Great Australian BBQ (GRAB) tests the barbecuing skills of various Queensland cuisine-icons, with the South Bank edition featuring as a one-hour special, for a potential 22-part series airing in April.
GRAB sees chefs, television personalities and locals vying for the title of BBQ master and a cash prize, while raising money for Queensland Meals on Wheels.
Mike Goldman and Liz Cantor will be hosting the day, alongside celebrity judges Alastair McLeod, former rugby league player Billy Moore and local cuisine-dream, Dominique Rizzo.
The competition challenges six teams, each comprised of two amateur chefs and one assistant, to face off against each other, using only barbecues.
Dominique says there are number of factors that they are looking for as judges.
“Of course, the top three are taste, presentation and texture. For example, have they cooked their protein perfectly?” says Dominique.
“It’s not just about throwing a piece of meat on a BBQ!”
Each team is faced with three one-hour challenges to cook beef, lamb and seafood. After the judges make their verdict, and score the dishes out of 10, the team with the highest score is deemed the winner.
“There is really going to be a focus on local and regional produce, so fresh and interesting ingredients will definitely be on the menu,” says Dominique.
Meals on Wheels CEO, Debra Tape, says the organisation is delighted to be hosting the event.
“No one barbeques like an Aussie, so we can’t wait to see the results when we throw some local larrikins into the mix,” says Debra.
Meals on Wheels delivers over 14 million food packages across Australia each year, to the disadvantaged, disabled and the elderly.
The competition will raise great awareness and funds for the non-for-profit, national organisation.
“We would love the support of all of Brisbane, so if you can make it to South Bank to lend a cheer, you may just get lucky and try some of the amazing food,” says Dominique.
GRAB will run from 9am to 6.30pm this Saturday. For more information, visit our event guide.