Enrollment is open for independent producers and olive oil enthusiasts in the 3rd Southern Hemisphere Olive Oil Championship. The contest welcomes foodies, bloggers, chefs, and students from New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa to marry award-winning extra virgin olive oils with palatable and innovative culinary conceptions.

Armonia just wrapped up its 8th International Olive Oil Competition in Seville. Contestants in the Southern Hemisphere Championship will select from the winning oils to construct their dishes.

This year’s theme “EVOO, Rice and…” allows contestants to incorporate either rice or risotto into their compositions to present to a panel of judges.

An Australian-led judging panel, as well as a consumer panel for a people’s choice award, will supervise the contest which will culminate in a gala dinner and award ceremony in December, 2014 in Sydney. Registration will stay open through September 26th, 2014.

Winners of the championship will be promoted by the The Olive Oil Academy to participating Australian restaurants.

Complete rules and entry details can be found on the International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Agency website.

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