The ever-popular Australian Hotels Association WA (AHA) Best Steak Sandwich competition took place last week with the 2019 champions for the Perth region and regional WA revealed.

For the Perth region it was win number three for The Karalee on Preston, having claimed the title previously in 2014 and 2017, while the Settlers Tavern in Margaret River claimed the regional award.

Australian Hotels Association (WA) CEO Bradley Woods said the quality of the sandwiches was constantly improving with chefs creating new masterpieces to raise the bar each year.

“Whilst the competition is obviously a lot of fun, the steaks are high and venues quite rightly take it very seriously,” Woods said.

“The thought and effort that is taken to produce the perfect steak sandwich is incredible and reflects the dedication of the chefs that enter the competition each year.

“We are amazed by the creations that WA chefs produce, with the real winners being local punters who get to enjoy the best steak sandwiches in the country.”

Mikey Phull, head chef at The Karalee on Preston, said his winning factor in 2019 was his signature Barbi-oli sauce and marinated scotch fillet steak.

Mitch Mitchell from Settlers Tavern won the judges over with his bacon jam and smoked tomato chutney.

This year’s competition collected a record number of votes from Western Australians, with nearly 70 venues participating.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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