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Choosing the state’s best steak sandwich

The Mundaring Hotel’s well-loved steak sandwich is yet again headed for a cook-off in the WA’s Best Steak Sandwich competition next month.

Now in it’s ninth year, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) Annual Steak Sandwich Competition recognises Western Australia’s best Aussie icon.

Five regional finalists and five metropolitan finalists will take to the stage across two days in a sizzling live cook-off to win the title of ‘Perth Champion’  and ‘Country Pub Champion’.

The 117-year-old hotel is one of five Perth pubs set to compete in the grand final cook-off, at the Hospitality Expo at Crown Perth on Wednesday May 11.

The finalists were picked by consumers through an online voting system and the steak sandwich is a popular choice at the Mundaring Hotel, which churns out about 115 to 150 a week.

The sandwich boasts grain fed Black Angus steak, marinated in BBQ, Jack Daniels and Cola, complimented with bacon, American smoky cheese, onion marmalade, roast pepper aioli, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes.

It’s served in a lightly toasted baby Turkish bread, along side a small basket of chips.

Mundaring Hotel general manager Jim Middleton said the hotel had been in the cook off six times and the locals now expected them to be in the finals each year.

“No pressure.”

He said the sandwich’s winning factor was a well-marinated steak cooked medium rare, great combination of flavours including the onion jam and American smoky cheese holds up beautiful in a lightly toasted baby Turkish bread.

AHA (WA) chief executive officer, Bradley Woods, said dozens of pubs and bars had been judged by the public on their ability to make a great steak sandwich, and the results were fantastic.

“The steak sandwich is an icon on any menu, because it pulls together home style cooking, locally grown produce and still allows for creativity,” he said.

“We’ve searched WA to find the best steak sandwich available at one of our great hospitality venues and we’re looking forward to seeing who’ll take out the title.”

The overall winner of 2016 WA’s Best Steak Sandwich will be announced in November at the AHA awards night and gala ball.

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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