Darling Downs WAGYU Wins Best Steak for Third Year

Stockyard’s Wagyu Kiwami

Darling Downs WAGYU Wins Best Steak for Third Year

The Darling Downs has done it again, with Wagyu produced in the region crowned Australia’s best steak for the third year in a row, at the prestigious Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show (RQFWS) Branded Beef and Lamb Competition presented by Super Butcher at the Brisbane Showgrounds on Friday.

Stockyard’s Wagyu Kiwami grilled 41 other entrants to take out the coveted John Kilroy Cha Cha Char Grand Champion Branded Beef of Show; previously Australian Agricultural Company’s (AACo) Darling Downs Wagyu won the coveted Grand Champion title in 2015 and 2016. 

Chief Judge Elaine Millar said Stockyard’s standout steak, produced at Jondaryan, displayed exceptional qualities.

“It had textbook marbling, luscious juiciness, melt in the mouth tenderness and incredibly well-balanced flavours that were both delicate and robust, from sweet biscuit and pureed blanched almond through to Shitake mushroom - perfect for sashimi to charcoal grilling,” she said.

“Our judging panels were overwhelmed by the outstanding quality of this year’s entries, which certainly reinforces Australia’s position as a leader in the international beef market.”

While Woodward Foods Australia claimed the title of Australia’s best lamb for their HRW Tasmanian Lamb product.

Ms Millar described it as having a balance of sweet juiciness, silky texture, extensive palate length and complex yet delicate nutty and enoki mushroom flavours.

The Branded Beef and Lamb Competition is regarded as the most coveted and comprehensive of its kind in the nation, with entries slightly up this year.

Super Butcher Managing Director Susan McDonald said they were thrilled to support the competition and congratulated the winners on their success.

“Our customers, more and more, are looking beyond the meat they see in the store to the family which has produced it and how and where it is grown,” she said.

“A retail brand is a commitment, a promise, to the consumers - and producers going the extra mile and putting in the effort to develop their brand deserve the recognition this competition delivers.”

The awards followed two days of rigorous judging this week, which saw 14 expert judges including Jake Nicolson from Black Bird Bar and Grill and Glen Barratt from Wild Canary, taste their way through 70 of the nation’s finest beef and lamb products in the retail market.

The prestigious RQFWS, which is made up of seven competitions, will now turn its attention to the nation’s finest cheeses, dairy products and ice creams, with the cream of the crop to be crowned on May 26.

MAJOR AWARD WINNERS:

 

THE JOHN KILROY CHA CHA CHAR GRAND CHAMPION BRANDED BEEF OF SHOW (Australia’s best steak)

Stockyard - Class 5 Cat. No. 32 - Stockyard Wagyu Kiwami

 

SUPER BUTCHER CHAMPION MSA GRADED BRANDED BEEF OF SHOW

JBS Australia - Class 1 Cat. No. 7 - JBS Riverina Angus

 

SUPER BUTCHER CHAMPION BRANDED LAMB OF SHOW (Australia’s Best Lamb)

Woodward Foods Australia - Class 7 Cat. No. 52 - HRW Tasmanian Lamb

 

BEEF AWARD WINNERS

 

Class 1 - Lendlease Grain Fed Class

Gold: JBS Australia for its JBS Riverina Angus

Silver: Thomas Foods International for its Thomas Foods Signature Clare Valley Grain Fed

Bronze: JBS Australia for its JBS Thousand Guineas Shorthorn

 

Class 2 - Lendlease Grass Fed Class

Gold: JBS Australia for its Great Southern Pinnacle

Silver: JBS Australia for its King Island Premium Beef

Bronze: JBS Australia for its JBS Swift Premium

 

Class 3 - Super Butcher Wagyu Class AUS-MEAT Marble Score 1 to 5

Gold: Andrews Meat Industries for its Tajima Wagyu

Silver: Stanbroke for its Diamantina

 

Class 4 - Super Butcher Wagyu Class AUS-MEAT Marble Score 6+

Gold: Stockyard for its Stockyard Wagyu Black

Silver: Andrews Meat Industries for its Tajima Wagyu

 

Class 5 - Super Butcher Open Class

Gold: Stockyard for its Stockyard Wagyu Kiwami

Silver: JBS Australia for its JBS Royal

Bronze: JBS Australia for its Red Gum Creek Beef

 

LAMB AWARD WINNERS

 

Class 6 - Meat & Livestock Australia Branded Lamb Class 20kg or Less

Gold: Country Fresh Nationwide for its Supreme MSA Lamb

Silver: Country Fresh Nationwide for its Thomas Farms

Bronze: Woodward Foods Australia for its HRW Tasmanian Lamb

 

Class 7 - Super Butcher Branded Lamb Class More than 20kg

Gold: Woodward Foods Australia for its HRW Tasmanian Lamb

Silver: Country Fresh Nationwide for its Supreme MSA Lamb

Bronze: Milly Hill for its Milly Hill

 

Class 8 - Super Butcher Restaurant Trade Branded Lamb Class More than 24kg

Gold: Woodward Foods Australia for its HRW Tasmanian Lamb

Silver: Woodward Foods Australia for its Woodward Foods Prime Lamb

Bronze: JBS Australia for its Great Southern Lamb

 

For the full results listing visit http://bit.ly/2qFHXSj

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