July 4 saw farmers, butchers and chefs from countries as far afield as Australia, Brazil and Japan cram into the Magic Roundabout in London’s Old Street for a night of meaty mayhem. The awards, organised by William Reed global trade title www.globalmeatnews.com, are now in their third year. Global Meat News deputy editor Aidan Fortune said: ‘With 17 countries in five continents and more than 100 entries, the competition promises to be intense. The merit of the producers taking part is matched by the calibre of our expert judging panels, who will put each steak through a series of fair and stringent tests.’
Judging had taken place earlier in the day, with experts sampling over 100 different steak cuts, a process Matt McDonagh, CEO of the Australian Wagyu Association, described as the Tour de France of beef.
There was a broad range of categories, from from best rib eye, fillet and sirloin, to best grain fed and best grass fed too, each hoping to be crowned the World’s Best Steak.
Third time lucky?
Returning to defend their previous two wins, and hoping to score a hat-trick, was the Warmoll family of Jack’s Creek in New South Wales, Australia. Managing director Patrick Warmoll said: ‘We are looking forward to returning to London in July to defend our title of the World’s Best Steak for the third year running. We were delighted with our previous wins and hopefully we have what it takes to get us over the line again this year. As I have said before, a win for Jack’s Creek isn’t just a win for us as a business, but for the Australian beef industry as a whole; so we hope to help Australia become one of the world’s great beef producers.’
And the winner is..?
Alas, it wasn’t to be third time lucky for the Warmoll family, with ABP Poland scooping a clutch of the top awards, including best sirloin and best rib eye, with the sirloin taking the ultimate top prize of the world’s best steak. The steak was grain fed and reared by F&M Frackowiak of Woj. Wielkopolskie, Poland. Sadly the team from ABP Poland couldn’t attend the awards, so Eoin Ryan from ABP Ireland collected the handful of prizes for them.
For more about the World Steak Challenge, visit www.worldsteakchallenge.com