Hospitality WA


Tuesday 28 June & Wednesday 29 June 2022

Crown Perth


The Australian Hotels Association (WA) has crowned the winners of the 2022 AHA & Furphy WA’s Best Steak Sandwich Competition, with the North West Brewing Co winning the country WA competition while The Last Local was voted the best of the Perth finalists.

AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods said the eight finalists competed in a cook-off in front of a live audience at the AHA Hospitality Expo, showcasing a range of quality masterpieces that demonstrated the strength of the competition.

“For 15 years, WA chefs have been raising the bar when it comes to creating incredible steak sandwiches and this year we saw kitchens across the state deliver some incredible versions of what is a truly classic pub meal,” Mr Woods said.

“The competition continues to grow as result of the strong support it receives from the WA community, who cast many thousands of votes throughout the month of May.”

Chef Mickey Phull of the Last Local won over the judges with his Chicago-inspired French dip steak sandwich, which contains beef short rib, melted cheese, caramelised onions, sour cream, horseradish sauce and slaw.

Chef Ats Johanson flew down from Karratha to represent North West Brewing Co, who appeared in the finals for the first time and won the competition with a coffee-infused Black Angus steak, whisky onion jam, Swiss cheese, bacon and iceberg lettuce on Turkish bread.

The overall winner for the 2022 competition will be announced at the AHA Hospitality Awards for Excellence on 7 November. 

Photos of the country WA cook-off can be found here.

Photos of the Perth cook-off can be found here.


As a participant in the competition, you will receive various marketing materials:

  • On premise promotional posters
  • Table talkers promoting the competition
  • Various media platforms and outlets promoting the campaign
  • Online advertising including websites and social media
  • Judging is conducted through an online patron voting system at



Should your venue be successful in becoming a finalist for the Hospitality Expo cook-off, the judging criteria is as follows:


  • Tenderness of the meat (beef or lamb)
  • Composition & Presentation
  • Originality / Creativity
  • SaucesValue for money
  • Sides (e.g. chips / wedges)Flavour


Competition rules:

The composition of the Steak Sandwich, recipe and its ingredients must remain the same throughout the competition (from nomination and consumer voting through to final cook-off )




The Steak Sandwich must be available on the venue’s menu throughout the competitionSteak is defined as a cut of meat being beef or lamb

2021 The Bayview Bar

2019 Settlers Tavern

2018 The Bayview Bar

2017 The Bayview Bar

2016 Tall Timbers Manjimup

2015 Wickepin Hotel & Harvest Cafe

2014 Matso’s Broome Brewery


2021 C.Y. O'Connor Village Pub

2019 The Karalee on Preston

2018 The Merrywell

2017 The Karalee on Preston

2016 The Habour Master at Esplanade Hotel Fremantle

2015 The Merrywell

2014 The Karalee on Preston


For more information email Kyah Crafter at  or call the AHA(WA) office on 9321 7701



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