Sydney Food Bloggers’ Battle Royale

April 29, 2010

Imagine creating a 11-course degustation for 18 people in one humble suburban home and kitchen (and six of those courses were desserts!). Now imagine plating up over 90 plates of these desserts! For such a feat, you really do need an army to feed an army. Would 11 passionate food bloggers suffice?

Created by Billy from A Table For Two

I’ve always stood by the notion that one of the biggest perks from blogging was meeting a slew of like-minded people who love and share what you do. Case in point, with theseothertenstellarandtalentedSydneyfoodbloggers, we love to eat and we love to get together for a bit of kitchen mayhem. Throw in a little madness and a dose of healthy competition and you have one hectic night of food comas, dirty dishes and oil-spitting pyrotechnics.

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Welcome to the inaugural Sydney Food Blogger Battle Royale Cook-off! Say that super fast 10 times and I’ll give you a free cookie! This was an idea organised by über cooks, A Table For Two, Linda from Eat, Show and Tell and Almost Bourdain (who also doubled up as a fabulous hostess). Tonight saw us eleven whisk-and-spoon wielding warriors cooking savoury dishes with fruit and desserts with vegetables.
We plated up well over 140 dishes!

All up, we probably ate two nights worth of food in a couple of hours before passing out and waking up to eat more (Ellie even generously prepared an extra pot of curry, just in case there wasn’t enough food!). But you know what? This is how we roll.

Now enough talk…

*Gong!* Bring on the contenders!



Dish 1: Pumpkin Soup with port melon and vanilla creme fraiche by Minh of Eat, Show and Tell.

The first out of the blocks was my favourite kind of soup. And yes pumpkin is truly a fruit. This was given a delicious kick with rockmelon and vanilla creme fraiche.


Dish 2: Triple Melon Salmon Tartare by Here Comes The Food.

A lot of fruit in this savoury ‘fruit salad’ but was brought together beautifully by the savoury dressing. Genius.


Dish 3: Korean Fried Chicken – twice fried chicken thigh pieces with a pineapple chili sauce by The Heart of Food.

You can never go wrong with anything deep fried. Especially when it comes with a sweet and tangy sauce.


Dish 4: Twice-cooked orange salt rubbed pork belly with toffee-crisp crackling, caramelised cherry and brandy glaze, potato and apple mash with smoked bacon and savoy cabbage with smoky bacon by Almost Bourdain.

No words can describe this without me sounding like a love sick puppy. But oh! That cherry sauce. And that cabbage salad!


Dish 5: “Pig Goes On A Holiday” – marinated pork ribs in lychee and soy served with lychee and green olives by Grab Your Fork.

Gorgeously presented and marinade was fabulous. I loved the refreshing burst of lychees.




Dish 1: Trio of beetroot: Chocolate and beetroot macaron, beetroot chocolate brownie with beetroot ice cream and a beetroot lollipop with fizzy sherbert powder by Raspberri Cupcakes.

You can’t get more psychedelic than hot beetroot pink! The macaron was such a winner.


Dish 2: Rainbow Vegie Layer Cake: beetroot and chocolate, carrot and spinach with cream cheese frosting from the queen of multi-coloured cakes, Chocolatesuze.

I regret not taking any home with me because I loved the denseness of the cakes. Surprisingly I loved the carrot and beetroot layer – two veges I don’t normally touch and contrary to what Suze thinks, the spinach layer was quite tasty.


Dish 3: Tasting Plate of Rhubarb: stewed rhubarb financier, roast rhubarb crumble, lemon shortbread and rhubarb jam and a layered gateau of strawberry gelée, rhubarb mousse and chocolate sponge.

As for my humble contribution, silly silly me probably took too casual of an approach (aka I winged it) and did everything at the last minute. So none really worked out the way I wanted to especially the financier, ugh! This also put my Daring Bakers Challenge on hold so for my fellow DBers, my post is coming, albeit a little late.


Dish 4: Fennel Crème Caramel with fennel mousse & beetroot sorbet by One Bite More.

Fennel was always going to lend itself beautifully in desserts with its mild aniseed flavour, especially when paired with Shez’s orangey syrup.


Dish 5: Eggplant Chocolate Tart with candied carrot, purple carrot ice cream with citrus peels and roasted almond by A Table For Two.

Loved the ice cream (though I thought it was taro at first!) and the chocolate tart was so velvety. The fun was guessing what the ‘vege layer’ was under the tart.


Dish 6: Caramelised onion panacotta with burnt butter ice cream and olive macaron by Linda of Eat, Show and Tell.

Trust me, this is a lot more delicious than it sounds! The panna cotta was so smooth and melted in your mouth. It was almost like an onion dip… but sweeter. Intriguing but delicious and that burnt butter ice cream was to die for.


So who’s cuisine reigned supreme?

Winner of Savoury: Ellie of Almost Bourdain (Dish 4)

Winner of Sweet: Steph of Raspberri Cupcakes (Dish 1)

Most Outrageous: Linda of Eat, Show and Tell (Dessert dish 6)

A big shoutout to all for a fun night and for amazing me to no end with your talent, originality and general awesomeness.

Till the next battle…

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Simon@theheartotfood May 9, 2010 at 12:35

Despite youw downplaying of your dish, I thought it was put together quite nicely.

Can't wait for the next session :)


pierre May 2, 2010 at 18:53

i visit all the sites thanks Candy !! Pierre de paris


Barbara May 2, 2010 at 16:24

Found you via Ellie. And loved seeing your photos as well. I love all things rhubarb so that interested me greatly. Also loved Ellie's pork belly and that fried chicken in the pineapple looks divine.
Great fun!


SimonFoodFavourites May 2, 2010 at 08:17

the most appetising looking to me is the Korean Fried Chicken. they look so tasty! :-)


Jacq April 28, 2010 at 14:11

Ooh I like your tasting plate! The shortbread looks really yummy – is there going to be a recipe soon?


Yas April 28, 2010 at 13:11

all dishes look soooo gooood! Damn I'm soo bummed to have missed out on this gathering!!

I simply cannot believe you managed to prepare more than 1 thing LOL


penny aka jeroxie April 28, 2010 at 13:07

Jealous. Seriously. Must make something happen in Melbourne.


FFichiban April 28, 2010 at 12:41

Tasting plate ftw! Never can too much dessert hee hee. Good timmmessssssss!!


bake in paris April 28, 2010 at 09:40

Exciting event! And a variety of great great food and dessert.

Sawadee from Bangkok,


Mark @ Cafe Campana April 28, 2010 at 08:44

Great looking dishes. I really love the amount of effort everybody put it. Ellie's book belly looks so good. I want it now.


trissalicious April 28, 2010 at 08:43

Looks like a super fun night Karen – having 11 courses is a bit crazy but leave it to food bloggers to manage it all! As always, your dessert looks spectacular.


Phuoc'n Delicious April 28, 2010 at 08:05

Aww you guys are awesome! Sounds like a fun night had by all. Your gateau looks amazing Karen; looking forward to the recipe ;)


amy April 28, 2010 at 05:43

ohmyyyyyy. you make jealous in ways i never knew i could be! hahahaha:) awesomeee food, awesome people, awesome photos!:)


betty April 28, 2010 at 03:58

great recap karen :)


OohLookBel April 28, 2010 at 03:15

The food looks utterly amazing, and the plating is fabulous, too. Well done, all!


@mlledelicieuse April 28, 2010 at 01:07

You crazy, crazy people! Well, this is definitely one way of getting your recommended serves of daily fruit and veg =D


Conor @ HoldtheBeef April 28, 2010 at 00:13

If I were to say all the things I wanted to say about all the dishes I would be here all day, so I will just say this: f**king A! If I were wearing a hat, I would dip it to you all.


linda April 27, 2010 at 23:30

omg I had so much fun last night. I can't believe all the things you made, it truly was an enjoyable dining experience. YAY Masuya tonight!


Ellie April 27, 2010 at 23:30

Your layered gateau is too die for. I kept digging into it although my stomach was about to burst. Stunning pictures and meet you at the next battle!


Angie April 27, 2010 at 22:57

Another great angle on a fab event =)


chocolatesuze April 27, 2010 at 21:55

dudeeeee i loved your lemon shortbread! you would think id be sick of biscuits but yours was buttery and awesome


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Trisha April 27, 2010 at 20:46

Oh my god! Wait that wasn't enough… OHMYGOD! This is awesome! Insane, but awesome! Over 140 dishes plated… you guys can really truly start up a foodblogger's restaurant.


Maria April 27, 2010 at 19:27

Stunning photos again Karen! Looks like it was hard work but no doubt worth it! :-)


Steph April 27, 2010 at 18:33

Karen, your gateau and shortbread were so amazingly good, they could have come straight out of some fancy patisserie i swear. I could eat a dozen of those shortbread. SO good.


Zia Elle April 27, 2010 at 16:36

Everything so delicious!!!! Great pictures, make me ungry!!


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