Are Panthers’ beef cheeks the best of the club food bunch?

Celebrity chef Courtney Roulston tries the beef cheeks at Panthers.
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Kelly’s Bar + Kitchen at Panthers Penrith Leagues Club has entered their beef cheeks into the Your Local Club Perfect Plate Awards.

Over 150 clubs from across New South Wales have selected a dish from their menu to be entered into the competition for the public to vote on what the most ‘perfect plate’ is.

Celebrity chef Courtney Roulston stopped by Panthers to talk about the awards.

“The idea is diners come in until the 16th of June and we want them to try the Perfect Plate dish, there is a QR code you can scan, and we get them to give it a score out of five,” Roulston explained.

“So, it is up to the public to pick who wins out of the clubs and I just think it’s something fun and it’s competition. We are here at Panthers and competition brings out the best in people whether it’s on the rugby league field or in the kitchen.

“Perfect Plate is all about showing off what club dining is all about and showing off how good it is and how much variety there is.

“But also, for the clubs who haven’t entered, we want them to see what clubs are doing and we want them to enter next year. The aim of it is to drive the quality of the club food even higher than it is and to get people thinking differently about club food.”

Roulston gave Panthers submission, the Asian Braised Beef Cheeks, her stamp of approval.

“Out here at Penrith now that we are in winter, I think that’s the kind of food that you want particularly if we’ve got people coming in after the games or families coming in for dinner,” Roulston said.

“A beef cheek when the weather’s cold, I think that is the perfect plate to have at this time of year.”

Roulston said that the quality of the dishes from the clubs around the state has been amazing.

“You can just tell from a snapshot of today the variety that’s on offer from clubs these days and the quality and value for money,” Roulston said.

Head down to Panthers to try the Perfect Plate dish or visit to find your nearest participating club and make sure to give the dish a rating.

The two diners who vote for the most Perfect Plate dishes will win a ‘foodie getaway’ valued at $3,500.

Get in quick! The competition closes this Sunday, June 16.

Emily Chate

Emily Chate joined The Western Weekender in 2024, and covers local news - primarily courts and politics. A graduate of the University of Wollongong, Emily has contributed to The Daily Telegraph and worked as a freelance journalist.

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