Who won the ‘Steak Of Origin’ in 2015?
There can be no question that New Zealand's lambs and cows provide some of the most succulent, tender and tastiest steaks on the planet, a quality which our farmers pride themselves on. With such high standards present in New Zealand beef and sheep farming, it must be a difficult undertaking to decide which is the country's best, but that's precisely what the annual 'Steak of Origin' contest sets out to do.
Every year, New Zealand's lamb and beef farmers put forth their finest steaks in the hope of winning the coveted title, with competition of a staggeringly high standard. This is no bog-standard taste and sight test, however – advanced scientific methods are used to test the meat for tenderness, marbling, pH, and the percentage of meat lost during the cooking process.
Only the very best steaks make it through to the semi-final stage, where they'll be cooked and eaten by an expert panel of judges in the bright lights of Auckland. With just five classes making up the meat of the competition – European, British and crossbreed, as well as Best of Brand for retailer and wholesalers – making it to the grand final in Feilding is a tough proposition.
Should a steak make it into the top four of any one class though, it's in – from there, world-class chefs and celebrities will give each of them tasting, before naming New Zealand's best cut. So who won 2015's Steak of Origin?
The sought-after title went to a sirloin reared on the farm of Angus and Forbes Cameron, down in the North Island town of Ashhurst. Their Angus steak ensured that they made a little piece of sheep and beef farming history, as they completed an unprecedented double – on top of Steak of Origin, they also won the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards (Glammies), back in 2008.
"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," said NZ Listener food columnist, Lauraine Jacobs.