History was made when an Angus sirloin from the farm of Forbes and Angus Cameron in Ashhurst was judged the nation’s most tender and tasty steak at the Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ Ltd) Steak of Origin Grand Final last night.
Forbes and Angus Cameron made history, by being the first entrants to take out both this competition and the B+LNZ Golden Lamb Awards (Glammies), in 2008.
The Camerons were announced as winners after an intense tasting of the top twenty finalist steaks by BMX world champion and Beef + Lamb Iron Maiden, Sarah Walker; NZ Listener food columnist, Lauraine Jacobs; Wharekauhau Estate executive chef and Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chef, Marc Soper and head judge, Graham Hawkes.
The competition, sponsored by Zoetis, is in its thirteenth year and celebrates the hard work and dedication of New Zealand’s beef farmers.
NZ Listener food columnist, Lauraine Jacobs, says it was a privilege to be involved in the judging of New Zealand’s top steak.
“We judged each sirloin steak on aroma, juiciness, tenderness, texture and of course, taste. The quality of the beef I tasted this evening was simply exceptional and is a true testament to the skill of our producers,” she says.
Forbes and Angus Cameron take home the B+LNZ Steak of Origin Grand Champion shield as well as $5,000 in prize money.
Two other prestigious awards were also announced this evening, the title of Supreme Brand Champion went to Countdown North Island and the Processor of the Grand Champion was Land Meat.
Also proving successful this evening, was Nero Restaurant in Palmerston North who won the Manawatu Beef Dish of the Year, as judged by close to 1,000 local diners over the past three weeks.
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