Who won the best steak in New Zealand Steak of Origin competition?
Revealed today on the Beef and Lamb website the top award went to Whangarei sisters Kathy Child and Yvonne Hill. The sisters beat off 400 other competitors to come out tops with their Limousin/Angus steak.
The final tasting was judged by BMX World Champion, Sarah Walker; ex-All Black and host of Live sport’s On the Field, Richard Loe; Jamie Mackay, of Radio Sport and Newstalk ZB’s The Farming Show, together with top chefs Hester Guy and Graham Hawkes.
The competition is in it’s eighth year and champions the pinnacle of New Zealand’s home-produced beef.
Sarah Walker says she was thrilled to be a judge. “I’d never turn down a chance to eat the best steaks in the country! They all tasted brilliant; it was hard to select a winner,” she says.
CLASS 1: BEST OF EUROPEAN BREED
1st: Tony & Glennis Thompson, Waipukurau (Simmental) processed at Silver Fern Farms, Hastings
2nd: Natalie & David Roberts, Whangarei (Limousin) processed at Auckland Meat Processors/Wilson Hellaby
3rd: Peter & Sue McWilliam, Masterton (Gelbvieh) processed at Taylor Preston/Ken Wilson Meats, Wellington
4th: John & Sarah Hammond, Kaitaia (Simmental) processed at Silver Fern Farms, Dargaville
CLASS 2: BEST OF BRITISH BREED
1st: Forbes & Angus Cameron, Ashhurst (Angus) processed at Land Meat NZ Ltd, Wanganui
2nd: Tim Wilding, Parnassus (Angus) processed at South Pacific Meats, Christchurch
3rd: Chris & Karren Biddles, Te Kopuru (Angus) processed at Auckland Meat Processors/Wilson Hellaby
4th: John Morrison, Marton (Ezicalve Hereford) processed at Taylor Preston/Ken Wilson Meats, Wellington
CLASS 3: BEST OF CROSSBREED & OTHER
1st: Kathy Child & Yvonne Hill, Whangarei (Limousin/Angus X) processed at Auckland Meat Processors/Wilson Hellaby
2nd: Mike van der Hoeven, Te Awamutu (Hereford/Wagyu X) processed at AgResearch, Ruakura, Hamilton
3rd: Colin Brown, Cambridge (Piedmontese/Simmental X) processed at AgResearch, Ruakura, Hamilton
4th: Clem Smith, Eketahuna (Murray Grey/Angus X) processed at Land Meat NZ Ltd, Wanganui
CLASS 4: BEST OF BRAND (RETAIL)
1st: Magills Butchery, Te Awamutu (Hereford Prime) from Graelyn Farms
2nd: Ellesmere Butchery, Leeston (Piedmontese) from farm of Charlie Stephens
3rd: Harris Meats, Cheviot (Angus X) from farm of Rex Miller
4th: Chef’s Choice, Wanganui (AngusPure) from farm of Nikki Williamson and Rob Purdie
CLASS 5: BEST OF BRAND (WHOLESALE AND FOODSERVICE)
1st: Chef’s Choice, Wanganui (AngusPure) from farm of Rob Johnstone
2nd: Westmeat/Riverlands, Eltham (Angus) from Holesworth Paringahaw
3rd: Progressive, Southmore (FarmPure Certified Premium Angus) from farm of Dave Redmond
4th: AE Preston & Co Ltd, Wellington (Angus) from farm of Rotopiko Trust