A WAGYU entry has steaked its claim as the nation’s finest beef in the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show’s prestigious Branded Beef and Lamb Competition, results from which were announced at the Brisbane Showgrounds a few minutes ago.
The Darling Downs Wagyu entry, produced by Australian Agricultural Co, took out the coveted John Kilroy Cha Cha Char Grand Champion Branded Beef of Show beating 41 other entries in the grassfed, grainfed, Wagyu (marble score of 1-5) and Wagyu (marbling score of 6+) categories.
Chief Judge Elaine Millar said the winning steak was a standout entry and proved why Queensland produces some of the best beef in the world.
“The grand champion AA Co Darling Downs Wagyu ticked all the boxes due to its lasting juiciness, silky buttery texture and stunning sweet and delicate caramel flavours,” she said.
“Both the commentary and the incredibly close scoring indicated that our Australian beef is not only escalating in quality each year but also a leader in the global beef market.”
With entries up by 20 percent overall, reaching a new record 58 for beef and lamb brands, this confirmed the RQFWS’s Branded Beef Competition as the nation’s most comprehensive competition of its kind.
The expert judges, including award-winning restaurateurs John Kilroy of Brisbane’s famous Cha Cha Char, David Pugh of Restaurant Two and Shaun Malone from Bucci, tasted their way through almost 60 of the finest beef and lamb products from across the country.
Australia’s best lamb was taken out for the second year in a row by Tasmanian Royal for its branded lamb product, sold by Melrose Wholesale Meats based in Morningside.
Ms Millar said the judging panels were overwhelmed by the taste and visual quality of this year’s entries.
The RQFWS is one of the nation’s premier food and wine competitions; it is dedicated to unearthing, celebrating and promoting the nation’s best of the best.
The results were announced just minutes ago. More details on the major winners posted later today.
MAJOR AWARD WINNERS:
THE JOHN KILROY CHA CHA CHAR GRAND CHAMPION BRANDED BEEF OF SHOW – Australian Agricultural Co – Class 3 – Darling Downs Wagyu
CHAMPION MSA GRADED BRANDED BEEF OF SHOW
Certified Angus Group Pty Ltd – Class 1 – Certified Australian Angus Beef
CHAMPION BRANDED LAMB OF SHOW (Australia’s Best Lamb)
Melrose Wholesale Meats – Class 7 – Tasmanian Royal
BEEF AWARD WINNERS
Class 1 – Lend Lease Grain Fed MSA Graded Striploin
Gold: Certified Angus Group Pty Ltd for its Certified Australian Angus Beef
Silver: Atron Enterprises Pty Ltd for its PremiYum
Bronze: Teys Australia Pty Ltd for its Teys Certified Premium Black Angus
Class 2 – Lend Lease Grass Fed MSA Graded Striploin
Gold: JBS Australia for its Great Southern brand grass fed striploin
Silver: Teys Australia Pty Ltd for its Grasslands Premium Beef
Bronze: Coles Brand for its Coles Graze Striploin
Class 3 – Wagyu Class – AUSMEAT Marble Score 1-5
Gold: Australian Agricultural Co for its Darling Downs Wagyu
Silver: Andrews Meat Industries for its Tajima Wagyu Beef
Bronze: Oakey Abattoir for its Oakey Premium Wagyu
Class 4 -Wagyu Class – AUSMEAT Marble Score 6+
Gold: Andrews Meat Industries for its Shiro Kin Fullblood Wagyu Beef
Silver: Australian Agricultural Co for its Master Kobe
Bronze: Stockyard Pty Ltd for its Stockyard
Class 5 – Open Class
Gold: JBS Australia for its JBS Beef City Black brand
Silver: Oakdale Meat Company for its Beaumont Premium Meats
Bronze: Bindaree Beef for its Mayfield
LAMB AWARD WINNERS
Class 6 – Meat & Livestock Australia Branded Lamb less than 20kg
Gold: Milly Hill Pty Ltd for its Milly Hill
Silver: Thomas Foods International for its Thomas Foods Signature Organic MSA
Bronze: Australian Wholesale Meats QLD for its Sovereign Lamb
Class 7 – Branded Lamb more than 20kg
Gold: Melrose Wholesale Meats (QLD) for its Tasmanian Royal
Silver: Thomas Foods International for its Thomas Farms
Bronze: Thomas Foods International for its Killarnee Lamb (Aldi stores)
Source: Royal Queensland Show