What’s a great event without a little competition?!

This is why every year we roll out the most-sought-after award by all empanada makers in Australia… THE GOLDEN EMPANADA TROPHY.

We have two awards. The PROFESSIONAL (judged by some of Melbourne’s food luminaries) and the PEOPLE’S CHOICE. Both awards are hotly contested on the day.

THE ARGENTINIAN DELEGATION

There’s nobody better placed to present the winners with THE GOLDEN EMPANADA trophy than Argentinian Ambassador Hugo Gobbi and Minister Eduardo Acevedo Diaz. Hold on to your Malbecs, he joins us in Melbourne every year.

THE JUDGES

Our food mad expert judges for the Professional section this year are ……. *drum roll*

Anna Webster (Broadsheet, Bottle Shop Concepts)
Sofia Levin (The Weekly Review)
Michael Harry (Goodfood, Executive Style)
Hilary McNevin (The Australian, Broadsheet, The Weekly Review and Goodfood)
Emily Paulin (Broadsheet)
Leanne Clancey (Broadsheet, Goodfood, Australian Traveller)

So, what makes the perfect empanada?

Love, affection and a swig of Malbec aside – our expert judges will chow blindly through some of the best empanadas in Melbourne, and judge them on the below.

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