Steak of Origin News

04 July 2017
For Immediate Release

NZ’S TOP CHEFS GET READY TO DETERMINE THE COUNTRY’S BEST TASTING STEAK

A panel of New Zealand's top chefs is gearing up to decide on the country's most tender and tasty steak at the 2017 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin competition, held association with PGG Wrightson.

With the likes of Michael Meredith from Meredith’s restaurant and Ben Bayly from restaurant’s Baduzzi and The Grove as judges, the country can rest assured that the decisions made will be the right ones, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chief Executive Sam McIvor says.

“This competition celebrates New Zealand’s high performing beef industry – both the people and the product,” says McIvor.

Open to all New Zealand beef farmers, retailers, wholesalers and foodservice suppliers, the 2017 competition awards a Grand Champion along with the top three finalists from each of the eight classes - six farmer classes and two brand.

Farmer classes are open to all New Zealand beef farmers and include six classes for the different breeds, European, British Angus, British Hereford, British Other, Crossbreed and Other and Lifestyle. The brand competition includes two classes retailers and wholesalers and foodservice suppliers.

The steaks being judged are in the top 20% of all entries as determined by Carne Technologies based on tenderness, % cooking loss in weight, marbling, colour, water binding capacity and pH. The panel of judges will determine which steaks are awarded a class placing and decide on the top entry in each farmer class, excluding Lifestyle, to progress to the final.

Chef judge, Ben Bayly is looking forward to sitting on the judging panel alongside some of New Zealand’s best chefs.

“Finding the country’s best tasting steak is a job I’m sure any Kiwi would love. I have no doubt that the quality of the steaks we will be tasting will be extremely high, an element that is so important to us chefs,” says Bayly.

The chefs’ scores will contribute to 40% of the overall score, with the tenderness result contributing to 60%. Judging criteria of the cooked steak includes; aroma, taste/flavour, tenderness, juiciness and texture.

The judging is being held on 12 July at Auckland’s University of Technology (AUT). Winners will be announced at the Steak of Origin Awards Dinner in Auckland on Thursday 20 July.

The competition is sponsored by PGG Wrightson and supported by AFFCO Moerewa, Alliance Group Ltd, Ashburton Meat Processors, Auckland Meat Processors/Wilson Hellaby, Cabernet Foods, CMP Kokiri, Harris Meats, Land Meat NZ, Oamaru Meats, Progressive Meats, Silver Fern Farms and Taylor Preston.

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For more information, please contact:

Megan Claxton

Event Manager, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc

09 489 7119/021 331 151

megan@beeflambnz.co.nz

 

2017 BEEF + LAMB NEW ZEALAND STEAK OF ORIGIN SEMI-FINALISTS

 CLASS 1: BEST OF BREED – EUROPEAN

·      Malcolm Entwisle, Te Kauwhata (Simmental), processed at Auckland Meat Processors

·      AA & LA Partridge, Leeston (Simmental), processed at Ashburton Meat Processors

·      Jon Knauf, Wairoa (Simmental), processed at Land Meat

 CLASS 2: BEST OF BREED – BRITISH : ANGUS

·      Brian Bendall, Eketahuna (Angus), processed at Silver Fern Farms Pacific x2

·      Paul Bodle, Morrinsville (Angus), processed at Auckland Meat Processors

·      Tim & Kelly Brittain, Otorohanga (Angus), processed at Auckland Meat Processors x2

·      Forbes Cameron, Ashhurst (Angus), processed at Land Meat x2

·      Shaun Fouhy, Pahiatua (Angus), processed at Silver Fern Farms Pacific x2

·      Scott Gudsell, Masterton (Angus), processed at Cabernet Foods

·      Mike Harnett, Palmerston North (Angus), processed at Land Meat x2

·      Lindsay & Maria Johnstone, Wanganui (Angus), processed at Land Meat

·      Ceri Lewis, Otautau (Angus), processed at Silver Fern Farms Finegand x3

·      Howard Maxwell, Waiuku (Angus), processed at Auckland Meat Processors

·      Dougal Stringer, Gore (Angus), processed at Silver Fern Farms Finegand

·      Matt Wyeth, Masterton (Angus), processed at Silver Fern Farms Pacific

 CLASS 3: BEST OF BREED – BRITISH : HEREFORD

·      Robin & Jacqueline Blackwell, Inglewood (Hereford), processed at Land Meat x3

·      John Morrison, Marton (Hereford), processed at Land Meat

·      Laurie Paterson, Gore (Hereford), processed at Silver Fern Farms Finegand x2

 CLASS 4: BEST OF BREED – BRITISH : OTHER

·      Graeme John Dyke, Pahiatua (Red Devon), processed at Silver Fern Farms Pacific x2

·      Anita Erskine, Tuatapere (Shorthorn), processed at Silver Fern Farms Finegand

 CLASS 5: BEST OF BREED – CROSSBREED & OTHER

·      John & Jan Bellamy, Ruawai (Speckle Park X), processed at Silver Farm Farms Dargaville

·      Michael McCool, Auckland (Wagyu), processed at Auckland Meat Processors

·      AA & LA Partridge, Leeston (Charolais / Simmental), processed at Ashburton Meat Processors

·      AA & LA Partridge, Leeston (Simmental / Angus), processed at Ashburton Meat Processors x2

·      AA & LA Partridge, Leeston (Limousin X), processed at Ashburton Meat Processors

·      AA & LA Partridge, Leeston (Simmental / Jersey), processed at SilverFern Farms Belfast

·      Katherine Robertson, Piopio (Speckle Park), processed at Auckland Meat Processors

·      Tom Savage, Gisborne (Hereford/Shortcorn X), processed at Land Meat x3

 CLASS 6: BEST OF BREED – LIFESTYLE

·      Janie McPhee, Levin (Speckle Park), processed at Land Meat

 CLASS 7: BEST OF BRAND – RETAIL

·      AngusPure, Otorohanga (Angus), processed at Auckland Meat Processors

·      AngusPure (New World Melody's), Palmerston North (Angus), processed at Silver Fern Farms Pacific x3

·      AngusPure (PAK’nSAVE Gisborne), Gisborne (Angus), processed at Silver Fern Farms Pacific

·      AngusPure (Chefs Choice), Wanganui (Angus), processed at Land Meat

·      Bowmont Meats (Hereford Prime), Invercargill (Hereford), processed at Bowmont Meats

·      Countdown (Countdown Angus), Auckland (Angus), processed at Auckland Meat Processors x3

·      Harris Meats, Cheviot (Angus X), processed at Harris Meats

·      Westmeat Christchurch (Hereford Prime), Christchurch (Hereford), processed at CMP Kokiri

CLASS 8: BEST OF BRAND – WHOLESALE & FOODSERVICE

·      Angus Meats (Angus Reserve), Christchurch (Angus), processed at Ashburton Meat Processors

·      AngusPure, Otorohanga (Angus), processed at Auckland Meat Processors

·      Bowmont Meats (Hereford Prime), Invercargill (Hereford), processed at Bowmont Meats

·      Cabernet Foods (Everton Dry Aged Beef), Carterton (Hereford), processed at Progressive Meats

·      AngusPure (Chefs Choice), Wanganui (Angus), processed at Auckland Meat Processors

·      Chef Ready Meats, Hamilton (Hereford), processed at AFFCO Horotiu

·      Countdown (Countdown Angus), Auckland (Angus), processed at Auckland Meat Processors

·      Hip Group, Waimauku (Shorthorn), processed at Auckland Meat Processors

·      Angus Pure (Neat Meat), Auckland (Angus), processed at Auckland Meat Processors

 

 

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