Contributor Melissa Darr is a Best Home Chef finalist!

We’re so excited to wish Melissa Darr of The Whimsical Wife the best of luck as she competes to become the winner of Australia’s Best Home Chef competition tomorrow night! Melissa has been a Seasonal Sunday Lunch supporter and site contributor since we launched, and we’re constantly impressed with everything she does.

Best Home Chef - Finalists

Best Home Chef is a national cooking competition and online food community. Since its launch in 2012, more than 4,000 Australians have signed up and shared 1300+ original recipes. From the top 25 recipes, as voted by the community, five finalists were chosen by Best Home Chef’s celebrity chef brand mentors, Pete Evans, Mark Best, Hamish Ingham, Anthony Fischbeck and Luca Ciano.

On Wednesday 18 June at the new Winning Appliances showroom in Redfern Sydney the finalists, together with their brand mentors, will have 40 minutes to prepare their dish in a live cook-off final. The judging panel, including Australian fashion designer Lisa Ho, Woman’s Day Food Director Jennene Plummer and Recipes+ Food Director Amanda Lennon, and John Winning CEO of the Winning Group, will choose the winner. Finalists are competing for a first prize of $50,000 worth of kitchen appliances.

I’ll be attending the final and cheering (very) loudly for Melissa, stay tuned for a few pics from the evening or follow along on my Instagram tomorrow night! Apparently the event will be live-streamed on the Best Home Chef site as well so check it out if you want to watch the action as it unfolds.

 UPDATE: Melissa came runner-up with her simply divine Fig & Almond Frangipan Tart! Congratulations again, lovely!

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About JJ

JJ is editor and co-founder of Seasonal Sunday Lunch. She is a recipe developer, photographer, stylist, marketing consultant, freelance writer and creator of the popular food blog 84th & 3rd. JJ believes food should be fun, healthy does not mean boring and if all else fails pie makes everything better. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram.

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