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Year 11 Mackellar Girls Campus hospitality student, Tahlia Bogg, and ‘Out of Africa’ Executive Chef, Hassan M'Souli, have won the inaugural Northern Beaches Hospitality Challenge cooking competition, one of the highlight events of the 2012 Manly Food, Wine & Sustainability Festival celebrated over Saturday and Sunday, 2-3 June 2012.

The competition ‘runners up’ were Imogen Stephenson representing Davidson High School and Chef Peter Van Es of the Amora Hotel Jamison.
The Northern Beaches Hospitality Challenge featured six talented ‘up-and-coming’ student chefs, each paired with a leading Northern Beaches chef, all taking part in a 30 minute cooking challenge to produce a dish judged by a panel comprising Cleo ‘Bachelor of the Year’ Hayden Quinn, NSW State Treasurer Mike Baird MP, ‘Ironman’ Guy Leech, world surfing champion Layne Beachley and Mayor of Manly Jean Hay AM.

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Picture: L-R  Mike Baird, Layne Beachley, Jean Hay, Tahlia Bogg (Winner), Hassan M'Souli (Winner), Imogen Stephenson (Runner Up), Peter Van Es (Runner Up), Guy Leech,  Hayden Quinn, Sophie Bleicher

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A competition featuring talented young Northern Beaches students as our ‘up-and-coming’ junior chefs, and cooking demonstrations by two of Sydney’s leading executive chefs are among the many exciting highlights of this year’s Manly Food, Wine & Sustainability Festival, being celebrated over Saturday and Sunday 2-3 June 2012 from 11:00am to 5.00pm.

The Festival features dozens of stalls operated by top names in food and wine, all dotted along Manly’s incomparable Ocean Beachfront, The Corso (Manly’s main pedestrian thoroughfare) and nearby Sydney Road - with roving entertainment, free kids’ events and other attractions throughout Manly.

The ‘Northern Beaches Hospitality Challenge’ competition between junior chefs aims to engage young people currently studying hospitality in Year 11 by offering students an insight into the world of cookery and assist them foster personal directions, interests and talents.

Competition judges will be 2012 Cleo ‘Bachelor of the Year’ and MasterChef heart-throb Hayden Quinn, NSW State Treasurer Mike Baird MP, ‘Ironman’ Guy Leech and world surfing champion Layne Beachley!


Picture: Massimo Mele – Executive Chef at Hugo’s

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Manly Council is currently recruiting environmentally concerned volunteers to assist in reducing the amount of waste to landfill generated by the hugely popular Manly Food, Wine & Sustainability Festival, held this year over the weekend of 2 and 3 June 2012 between 11:00am and 5pm both days.

One of Sydney’s largest community based food and wine festivals, the Manly Food, Wine & Sustainability Festival attracts an estimated 30,000 patrons drawn by Manly’s landmark restaurants showcasing a range of international cuisine (from Asia to Europe and back again), and an exclusive range of wines from the more popular wine producing areas in New South Wales.

“However, with such large numbers of people attending the two-day event, literally tonnes of waste are generated,” said Mayor of Manly, Councillor Jean Hay.

“As Manly values its beautiful environment, our volunteers are greatly appreciated here in the Manly community for their vital role in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill by promoting the festival message of ‘Great Taste Less Waste’.”

“The volunteer role does not involve collecting or handling waste, but simply informing people where and how best to dispose of their waste.”

The plates and cutlery to be used at the event this year will also be made from bamboo and sugar cane which will mean the organisers are able to minimise the environmental impact of the Festival by composting the plates and cutlery along with left-over food.

Last year, Manly Food, Wine & Sustainability Festival volunteers, by directing people to use the correct bins, diverted a record 88 percent of the waste from landfill.

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Manly Council has published a free 24-page guide to this year’s NSW Seniors Week events in Manly and surrounding areas (Sunday 18 March to Sunday 25 March 2012), highlighting a wide array of special events and activities.

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KELLY Slater stole the hearts of hundreds of young nippers on the weekend. The 11-time world champion was mobbed as he arrived in Manly for a ceremony to recognise Manly and Freshwater beaches as a world surfing reserve.

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Free Manly Meals-on-Wheels TASTE TESTING and information session for Seniors Week 2012 -

To help celebrate Seniors Week, Manly Meals On Wheels and Manly Library are teaming up to present a free taste testing of delicious, nutritious Meals on Wheels dinners and desserts in the Library Ground Floor Meeting Room, Market Place, Manly (just behind the Whistler Street Car Park) from 10:30am – 12:30pm, Monday 19 March 2012.

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★ COUNCIL WORKS in your street (drainage repairs, footpath building, etc) for week commencing 3 March!...

Manly Council staff will be busy with works in the following locations over coming days!...

● Gurney Crescent, Seaforth (Pickering Point) - construction of public jetty and floating pontoon
● Hilltop Crescent, Fairlight between Bellevue Street and Fairlight Street - road resealing works
● Keirle Park, Manly - turfing around the newly installed Half Pipe Ramp and installation of fence along the creek side of ramp
● Birkley Road, Fairlight - type of works: footpath restoration works
● Ernest Street, Balgowlah - drainage and footpath works
● Lewis Street, Balgowlah - drainage works

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MANLY Council will consider erecting signs along Manly beachfront to ask people to adhere to Australian etiquette and keep to the left.

People walking to the right of the walkway have become a frustration, and it is not only overseas visitors - who are used to keeping to the right - that are breaking the unspoken rule.

Australians also walk on the “wrong” side, Mayor Jean Hay said, and she believed it was simply an erosion of “common sense and courtesy”...

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