FINALISTS: Coast home cooks – Leon Naus, Grace Mora and the winner, Brett Holmes.
FINALISTS: Coast home cooks – Leon Naus, Grace Mora and the winner, Brett Holmes. Ann Rickard

Bunny Chow hops in to win. Home cooks go head to head.

A FIERY INDIAN curry served inside half a loaf of hollowed bread on a sheet of newspaper with the quirky name Chicken Bunny Chow has won Peregian's home cook Brett Holmes a place in the finals of Australia's Best Home-Cooked Dish, and a chance to win a $23,000 prize.

One of three state finalists in the competition sponsored by Qantas as part of the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, Brett's dish presented a version of street food served in his original home town of Durban.

"The story of Chicken Bunny Chow goes back 80 years," Brett said.

"That's how the Indian sugar cane cutters were fed in South Africa.

It was an easy way to take the meal in the bread wrapped in newspaper to them in the fields. They ate it with their hands."

The competition judges at berardo's restaurant in Noosa, the venue for the cook-off, ate with knives and forks last week and declared the dish a triumph of flavour and


Although the competition drew applicants from all over Queensland, the other two finalists also came from the Sunshine Coast.

Grace Mora from Alexandra Heads presented a dish of chicken and vegetable curry and Leon Naus from Tewantin showed his skill with a dish of kangaroo ravioli.

Brett Holmes will cook his Chicken Bunny Chow during the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival in May going up against finalists from all other states to win the valuable prize which includes two return Qantas flights to London, five nights' accommodation, $5000 spending money from Westpac Visa Debit Card, a $5000 ILVE appliance package, a $2000 cookbook library from Mary Ryan's and $1000 of Kitchenaid appliances.



The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival is held from May 15 to 18.

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