Demo Kitchen

Come hungry, leave inspired

Join celebrity chefs and the talented butchers from the Makani Australian Butchers Team for a week-long and free program of sizzling beef cooking demonstrations.

These expert chefs and butchers will showcase their skills, share insider tips, tricks, and delicious recipes featuring Australia’s finest beef. Whether you’re a seasoned or someone who simply loves a good bit of beef, the Demo Kitchen is an experience that’s as educational as it is delicious.

Date: Monday 6th May – Friday 10th May
Venue: Located in the Agricultural Hall

Program highlights


The World Butchers’ Challenge is a butchery competition of epic proportions. With butchers from across the globe battling it out for the title of the world’s best, it’s often referred to as the ‘Olympics of Meat’.

The Makani Australian Butcher Team are heading to the World Butchers’ Challenge in France, 2025 to represent their country. But first, they’ll be heading to the Beef Capital for a few warm up sessions and a friendly showdown. 

Check out their Demo Kitchen program below, and don’t forget about The Greatest Beef Banger Competition on the Ergon Network Stage on Monday 6th May and World Butchers’ Challenge Dinner on Friday 10th May.

Beef DemoMonday 6th May9.00am – 9.45am and 3.00pm – 3.45pm
Knuckle Sandwich ChallengeTuesday 7th May9.00am – 9.45am and 3.00pm – 3.45pm
Butchers Beef BangersWednesday 8th May9.00am – 9.45am and 3.00pm – 3.45pm
Making Mince Great AgainThursday 9th May9.00am – 9.45am and 3.00pm – 3.45pm
The Perfect Steak Does ExistFriday 10th May9.00am – 9.45am and 1.30pm – 2.15pm


Sam Burke is an executive chef, marketing and hospitality operations manager with more than 30 years industry experience working with premium beef, lamb, veal and goat.

Starting out as an apprentice chef Sam worked his way up the catering trade in butcher shops, corporate, leisure and sporting events including the Olympics and Rugby World Cup, before joining one of Australia’s largest commercial catering companies for 20 years.

Trading catering halls for beef and boardrooms, Sam took over the executive chef reins at Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) in 2014 and has since travelled across Australia and the globe promoting and celebrating the quality and diversity of premium Australian red meat to the wider community.

Date: Tuesday 7th May
Time: 1.00pm – 12.45pm

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