Best Little Fruit in Australia Competition

Posted by Josette Dunn on 15th October 2010

Aussie foodies will have the chance to win a master class with celebrity chef Darren Simpson, dinner at his restaurant La Scala on Jersey, and an online nutrition consultation with renowned dietitian, Kate Di Prima, by submitting their own great tasting, healthy recipes featuring cranberries.The Cranberry Institute, in conjunction with www.taste.com.au, is celebrating the little red fruit that packs a powerful punch – the cranberry – with The Best Little Fruit in Australia competition, launching today.

Chef Darren Simpson said he was delighted to be involved in the campaign as the cranberry is such a versatile ingredient.

“I love using cranberries for eating and cooking – they are the perfect addition to any dish, from savoury to sweet, and healthy to boot!” Simpson said.

Not only is this little fruit great tasting and full of antioxidants, cranberries also have fantastic anti-adhesion properties which prevent bacteria from adhering to the body and causing infection.

To enter the competition, entrants will be asked to submit a recipe on http://www.taste.com.au/competitions/view-competition.php?id=140 of their own design for a meal, snack or dessert featuring cranberries that must meet certain criteria.

Working with Kate Di Prima, the Cranberry Institute has developed health criteria for all competition entries to adhere to.

For healthy meals and cran-tastic snacks, recipes need to include carbohydrates and protein – as a general rule, try to ensure there are more carbohydrates in the dish (such as grains, pasta, rice, etc) than proteins, and any fats added must be in small quantities. Try to aim for low-GI carbohydrates, wholegrains and lean proteins.

For those with a sweet tooth, nutritious dessert recipes should aim to have some carbohydrate and protein, and saturated fats such as butter and cream should be kept to a minimum.

The winning dish will be tried and taste tested by Darren Simpson, with Kate Di Prima analysing the health credentials of the recipe to select a dish that’s both delicious and healthy.

At home MasterChefs can upload their recipes until the 30th October for their chance to win the Best Little Fruit in Australia competition.