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 2019 GOLDEN EMPANADA competition are:

SAN TELMO
LECHONA BROS
CITRICO
LITTLE LATIN LUCY
BURN CITY SMOKERS

2018 RESULTS

Competition was fierce this year, with crowd favourite’s San Telmo returning to defend their title. But in an upset that will go down in Gauchito Gil history, it was Little Latin Lucy that took out the Judge’s Choice trophy in a blind tasting. Newcomers Lechona Bros won the People’s Choice – not surprising considering the head chef was part of the San Telmo/CHE/Pastuso clique. Well done to all involved!

THE JUDGES

The judges for 2019’s GOLDEN EMPANADA competition:

Ellen Fraser – Broadsheet Melbourne editor
Hilary McNevin – Freelance food journalist and critic
Leanne Clancey – Freelance food journalist and critic
Tamara Graffen – MasterChef Australia season 9 contestant

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

2018
Judge’s Choice – Little Latin Lucy
People’s Choice – Lechona Bros

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