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House specialties all WA grown

Haidee VandenbergheCountryman

It's a selection of the best from the West - and we're not just talking about the politicians.

Behind the scenes of the State's Parliament House is a team of hardworking catering staff working magic with some of the best ingredients in the country - all produced in WA.

From Geraldton rock lobster to Capel-grown tomatoes, most of what goes onto politicians and dignitaries' plates is grown in WA.

According to South West Region MLC Barry House and Moore MLA Grant Woodhams, it's the perfect way to show visiting Australian and international dignitaries what WA growers are capable of producing.

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"I think its incumbent on us to use WA produce," Mr Woodhams said.

"We're blessed with the range and choice of product we have and the capacity of WA producers to consistently deliver a product. There's a lot of pride in the food that's presented here and continual consideration where we source our product from."

The WA produce dished up includes barramundi farmed in Cone Bay, mussels from Albany, beef from Harvey, lamb from Corrigin and Chittering Valley and chicken from Mt Barker.

Politicians will find only Carnarvon bananas in their lunch boxes and could be served cauliflower from Wanneroo or asparagus from Allen Siding.

"As of this summer we've used some Rottnest scallops for the first time and recently we've cooked with Leader prawns, also from Rottnest," Parliament House catering manager Enno Schijf said.

And to go with the Denmark, Margaret River and Capel cheeses, a cellar of WA wine.

"We only stock WA wines. There is an exception, we have one French champagne," Mr House said.

"But otherwise we don't see the need to go anywhere else."

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