Creative avocado dishes starting to take shape
BUDDING master chefs can put their culinary skills to the test in an avocado competition, but one of the judges is hoping for more than guacamole.
For the first time at the annual Bloomin' Beautiful Blackbutt Festival, entrants will be encouraged to make creative dishes from avocados.
Kingaroy-based chef and judge Jason Ford said avocado was an ingredient that could be used more creatively than most people gave it credit for.
He listed ice-cream, cakes and soup as just a few of the dishes he would be looking for.
"When you start accepting it's a fruit, you can use it for what fruit is for," Mr Ford said.
"You can bet I've made avocado ice-cream before."
Versatility of food will be the key to winning, with Mr Ford wanting to be surprised at what can be made with the popular fruit.
"It has to be high quality and presentable," he said.
"They can do an entrée, a main course or a dessert."
"The best dish for each category will win $100, and judging will take place on September 12 at the festival.
For more information about how to enter, go to bbbf.com.au.