Everyday Gourmet host and former MasterChef contestant Justine Schofield helped launch the search to discover 'Australia's National Dish'.
Everyday Gourmet host and former MasterChef contestant Justine Schofield helped launch the search to discover 'Australia's National Dish'. Contributed

Roast Lamb crowned 'Australia's National Dish'

ROAST Lamb has been served the title of 'Australia's National Dish'.

More than 8,000 votes were cast in the three-month nationwide campaign and over two thirds of votes were for meat items.

The 'Australia's National Dish' campaign was launched following research revealing two thirds of Australians were not able identify a national dish.

More than 75% of people agreed that it was difficult to pick just one dish because of modern multicultural influences.

With thousands of potential dishes submitted, the second place spot was claimed by the Meat Pie and the classic seafood staple Barbeque Prawns finished in third place.

The nomination stage of the campaign made way for some multicultural dishes including Vietnamese Pho Soup, Moroccan Tagine and Greek Souvlaki.

One of the more unique suggestions was a BBQ Vegemite-covered lamington.

"Whilst it's exciting to see some of our cultural diversity shining through in the nomination phase… it's clear from the winning dish and top ten finalists that we're a nation with tradition at our heart - which speaks volumes for our rich heritage and our love of classically Aussie fare," Australia's National Dish Ambassador Justine Schofield said.

 

The Top Ten Australian National Dishes are:

  1. Roast Lamb (25 per cent)
  2. Meat Pie (24 per cent)
  3. Barbeque Prawns (12 per cent)
  4. Steak & Veggies (10 per cent)
  5. Lamb Chops (9 per cent)
  6. Lamb Cutlets (7 per cent)
  7. Fish & Chips (5 per cent)
  8. Barramundi (4 per cent)
  9. Bangers & Mash (3 per cent)
  10. Kangaroo (1 per cent)


For more information, visit www.nationaldish.com.au.

To view a selection of the top ten finalist recipes, go to www.facebook.com/ContinentalAustralia.


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