THE COMPETITION

The GOLDEN EMPANADA trophy is the holy grail for Melbourne’s empanada chefs.

There are two awards. The PROFESSIONAL section, judged by some of Melbourne’s food luminaries, and the PEOPLE’S CHOICE section, judged by the people. Competition is fierce, and both trophies are hotly contested on the day.

Contenders for the 2018 GOLDEN EMPANADA competition are:

SAN TELMO
LECHONA BROS
HARLEY HOUSE
LITTLE LATIN LUCY
BURN CITY SMOKERS

THE ARGENTINIAN DELEGATION

There’s nobody better placed to present the GOLDEN EMPANADA trophy than Argentinian Ambassador Hugo Gobbi and Minister Eduardo Acevedo Diaz, who join us in Melbourne every year. Hold on to your empanadas, people. These guys are royalty.

THE JUDGES

 

The judges for 2018’s GOLDEN EMPANADA competition are:

Sofia Levin: Sofia’s known for a lot of things, but on top of her iron guts, being the Food Editor for The Weekly Review, a writer for Lonely Planet and Good Food, she’s probably best known for her role as fur mum to Insta-famous @lifeofjinkee.

Gemima Cody: The big dog, Gemima is chief restaurant critic for The Age/Good Food. Just a whisper of her name in any restaurant is enough to make its chef crap his or her pants.

Katya Wachtel: In less than a year, Katya has been promoted from Melbourne Editor to Editorial Director of Broadsheet, nationally! Judging empanadas at Gauchito Gil’s Malbec Day is the logical next step for this one.

Hilary McNevin: Hilary’s as legit as they come. She’s been writing about food for a really long time, and before that, she has actual experience working in restaurants, so you know she’s the real deal.

Leanne Clancey: Clance is the Food Editor for the Monocle Melbourne Guide, she has a column in Australian Traveller mag, she freelances for The Age, Broadsheet (and more!) and is an ambassador for Dine With Heart and Scarf Community. All round legend.

THE CRITERIA

Over swigs of Malbec, our expert panel will chew blindly through some of the best empanadas in Melbourne, and judge them on the below criteria.

Each component is worth five points:

  • Pastry
  • Filling
  • Consistency
  • Deliciousness.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2017
Judges Choice – San Telmo
People’s Choice – C.H.E.

2016
Judges Choice – San Telmo
People’s Choice – Piqueos

2015
Judges Choice – San Telmo
People’s Choice – Casa Ciuccio

2014
Judges Choice – Huxtable
People’s Choice – San Telmo