Celebrity chef Pete Evans will head the judging panel at the Crace Cook-Off.

Celebrity chef Pete Evans will head the judging panel at the Crace Cook-Off. Photo: Richard Birch

Crace resident Lisa Johnston has won the first ever Crace Cook-Off competition held at the suburb's demonstration village on Saturday night.

Lisa was declared the winner of the competition, which saw six finalists going head-to-head in the kitchen for two hours.

"I am so excited, I can't believe it," says Lisa.

"My sticky date puddings have been part of every major milestone in my life.

"Every bite reminds me of special moments I have shared with my family," she says.

Lisa won a trip for two to Sydney including dinner at Manu Feildel's restaurant L'etoile and a night's accommodation at the Hilton.

Celebrity chef Pete Evans headed the judging panel with The Canberra Times Food and Wine editor Kirsten Lawson, and Mix 106.3's Rod and Biggzy.

The six finalists were:

  1. Lisa Johnston, Crace – Sticky Date Puddings with Caramel Sauce
  2. Brett East, Crace – Brett and Joe’s Glazed Red Wine Lamb and Garlic Mash
  3. Vicki Murphy, Forde – Chicken and Mushroom Hot Pies
  4. Zhou Chen, Kambah – Steamed fish with ginger and shallots
  5. Meetu Rajput, Crace - Pan Fried Vegetables
  6. Beth Price, Queanbeyan - Beth's Chicken Delight Bocconcini and spinach stuffed chicken breast, wrapped in prosciutto

It’s your chance to join celebrity chef Pete Evans from My Kitchen Rules and be part of the Crace Cook-Off!

Turn your family's favourite meal into a prize-winning dish and you could be off to Sydney for a gourmet weekend thanks to Crace and The Canberra Times.

Submit your original recipe and, if you’re one of our six finalists, be prepared for a cook-off in one of the display homes at the Crace Demonstration Village on Saturday 14 July.

Pete Evans will head the judging panel with Canberra Times Food and Wine editor, Kirsten Lawson, and Mix 106.3’s Rod & Biggzy.

If you’ve got a recipe that’s been handed down through the generations or an original meal that’s become the family favourite, enter now!

Be quick. Entries must be received by post to The Canberra Times office by Friday 29 June or online by Sunday 1 July.

1.     Lisa Johnston, Crace – Sticky Date Puddings with Caramel Sauce

2.     Brett East, Crace – Brett and Joe’s Glazed Red Wine Lamb and Garlic Mash

3.     Vicki Murphy, Forde – Chicken and Mushroom Hot Pies

4.     Zhou Chen, Kambah – Steamed fish with ginger and shallots

5.     Meetu Rajput, Crace - Pan Fried Vegetables

6.     Beth Price, Queanbeyan - Beth's Chicken Delight Bocconcini and spinach stuffed chicken breast, wrapped in prosciutto