The ART of Food – 2011 South Australian Premiers Food Awards

Posted on November 29, 2011


We were thrilled to once again help Sue Rogers and the team from PIRSA bring the  2011 South Australian Premiers Food Awards to life.

Sue’s vision and belief in the importance of these awards for industry is what stands them apart as a true celebration of the creativity, innovation and talent of the South Australian food industry! These awards are pitched and produced to highlight the best of the best and as such the event itself must reflect this. Throughout the evening we heard so many positive comments from sponsors, finalists and guests, all testament to the work of Sue and the fabulous team she brings together including Susan Jones from Lush Lighting and the many local artists who contributed their work for display.

The four-course menu, designed by Adelaide Convention Centre chef Tze Khaw and his team, stared local produce and was matched by six Adelaide Hills wines.

“A shout out must be made for the Golding Chardonnay by the fabulous Justin McNamee, served at my wedding and still an absolute favourite”.

Entertainment included the fastest portrait artist in the world, Brad Blaze, as well as two surprise aerialist performances which kept our gaze to the heavens in awe. Brad was an absolute blast and seeing his mastery in action was a highlight of the event only possibly upstaged by his talent for soliciting Elvis moves from the restrained VIP lads.

It was our first time working with Nuala Hafner, the daughter of local food identity Dorinda Hafner and what a pleasure! Nuala is an articulate, warm, jovial person and a consummate Master of Ceremonies – we could not recommend her highly enough!

Hayley led our team from Champion who did a fabulous job of knitting the show together and getting all the sponsors and finalist on stage at the right time. As it was my first Food Awards not on the floor I did my best to stay out of the way and enjoy being a guest (ok so yes I did have a radio at the table – but it proved handy to keep up with the behind the scenes action). It was brilliant to sit with my super talented Cousin Dennis from Hilton and hear the exciting developments in store there and yes we could definitely be hatching foodie event plans!

A huge congratulations to all the deserving and talented people from the local food industry who were represented as finalists and of course extra kudos to the winners who are listed on FB