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Our State on a Plate showcases Western Australia's leading primary producers, telling their story and the hard work behind creating the state's best produce, in addition to showcasing food events, farmers markets and anywhere food is celebrated and enjoyed in WA. From producer to kitchen, some of our states most talented Chefs take this local produce and turn it into mouth-watering meals viewers can easily replicate at home. Supporting local is now more important than ever, so let's create awareness of our primary producers and amazing food experiences and showcase Western Australia.

Stuart Laws

As with many of WA’s best chefs Stuart started his journey at 44 King St in the heart of Perth before cutting his teeth in the Melbourne fine dining scene.

Drawing from his experience in a multitude of areas within the food industry, Stu works hard to keep his finger on the pulse with current techniques and trends.

Stuart invests his time on his own businesses, Showcase Events WA, where he works closely with WA farmers and producers to showcase local, seasonal produce to the broader market and Chefs Collective WA, where he consults to venues that are looking to find a more streamlined approach to hospitality.

Riki Kaspi

Marking the start of a life-long passion for connecting people through food and celebration, Riki's upbringing in the Levant region has infused her successes as a chef, restaurateur, culinary educator, and spice expert. Riki first learned to cook in her Turkish mother's kitchen, where colourful family feasts were prepared. Born in Israel and with a multicultural background, Riki's sense of food incorporates Middle Eastern, North African and French traditions. Riki pursued her culinary career in Australia after immigrating with her family and quickly became recognised as a local expert in the Perth food scene. Needing a unique culinary challenge, Riki moved to France for three years to learn more about classic French cuisine. After cooking in various French kitchens, Riki knew it was time to bring this exquisite cuisine back to Perth. Her next goal was studying to become a qualified Chef while raising two children and alongside her husband Heni, opening their first award winning Cafe Bistro Riki Blakes Cafe in North Perth.

Her hunger for success continued to grow and the idea for an elite cooking school was developed. The Cooking Professor is Perth's finest cooking school, where Riki demonstrates, teaches and most importantly shares her culinary secrets. For her students, it is a unique, hands-on cooking experience full of creativity and fun in a socializing environment. Students cook fantastic food in each session, finishing with a wonderful shared meal at the end, enjoying their own delights. The Cooking Professor has been described as 'Outstanding! The perfect mix of team bonding, food, wine and cooking activities.'

As a business-woman, Riki also saw that Perth lacked state-of-the-art commercial kitchens. To fill this void, she created Perth Kitchen Hire, where two outstanding kitchens are available for hire 24/7. These kitchens allow aspiring entrepreneurs and established businesses to cook with the highest quality equipment, ensuring their food is of top quality, as Riki believes the food business should be.

Riki is also a creative entrepreneur and has developed her own unique hand crafted product line, Riki Kaspi Spice Journey where every product is 100% natural and preservative free. The range is bursting with Middle Eastern and Moroccan flavours and is made in-house with love at The Cooking Professor. Riki uses fresh roasted spices, specially selected and blended with fresh herbs which has landed her nationwide sales.

Passing down her core belief that people are brought together through food, Riki gave her family recipe for Shak Shuka to her son Elli Kaspi. He now serves the family breakfast recipe of delicious slow roasted tomatoes, eggs, herbs and spices at markets, stalls and events across Perth through his business ShakShuka.

Blake Proud

A Perth born and raised foodie! First became fascinated by good on his weight loss journey in his early 20s where he lost 34kg.

He has always loved cooking simple and clean wholesome food at home and took his skills to My Kitchen Rules in 2019. Since then he has continued his home cooking exploits and has taken up pursuing his new found passion for presenting and commercial tv work, appearing on Delish earlier this year.

Blake has also has extensive experience in the liquor industry and was a brand manager for a well-known vineyard in Margaret River and continues to work in wholesale liquor to this day - which helps keep his finger on the pulse with everything restaurant and bar related.

Julie Meek

Julie is known for her signature no-nonsense approach and unique ability to inspire immediate action.Over the past 20 years, Julie has partnered with many top performers across business, elite sport, politics, health, medicine, arts andculture, property, philanthropy and many other industries, helping them achieve the highest levels of professional and personal success.She is a coach, qualified Sports Dietitian and degree qualified in Health Promotion.Julie Meek is also the author of truth, lies and chocolate (Finalist in the World Food Media Awards) and 'Ready, Set...Go'. She is the resident performance expert on a top rating Australian radio station and her expertiseis sought across all media channels.Julie Meek is a thought leader and keynote speaker in peak performance. She inspires leaders to achieve personal success by utilising the strategies of world class athletes and performersat the top of their game. In sport, some of Julie's high profile clients include the Perth Glory, Fremantle Dockers Football team, the champion Perth Wildcats team and many Olympic athletes across all sports at the Western AustralianInstitute of Sport. She brings the attributes ofelite athletes to business to assist leaders andtheir teams in achieving high performance

Foni Pollitt

Award-winning sommelier, restaurateur and certified wine educator, Foni Pollitt, is behind one of Perth’s top restaurants Mayfair Lane Pub and Dining Room.

Since opening with husband Chris in 2017, the accolades have continued to roll in  – ‘Best Pub Restaurant List’ in Gourmet Traveller’s Wine List of the Year Awards in 2019, and top 50 restaurants for the Western Australian Good Food Guide in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Last year Mayfair Lane took out the ‘Jury Prize’ at the World of Fine Wine Awards in London. This was a big win considering 94 venues were picked around the world, with only 18 from Australia, and one from Perth – Mayfair Lane.

Foni was awarded WA Good Food Guide ‘Sommelier of the Year’ in 2018 and is in the process of obtaining a Masters of Wine. As a WSET educator, Foni loves sharing her passion for wine with students – taking her guests on a journey, and encouraging everyone to discover their own tastes and preferences.

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