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Celebrity chef rates Aussie beef best in world

Beef Central, 22/10/2013

Australia has the best beef in the world.

There, it’s out there.

But don’t take our word for it, this declaration comes from one of the world’s best known chefs.

British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has professed his admiration for Aussie beef via his Guardian food blog, where he lists five things he’d like to take back with him from Australia to the UK.

Prominent on Mr Blumenthal’s list of Aussie favourites is prime steak.

“Australia has the best beef in the world,” he writes.

“You’ve got Wagyu in Japan of course, but that’s a very specific type of beef.

“In Australia, there’s a huge range of beef, grass-fed and corn-fed. There’s great beef from Tasmania and there are great people like David Blackmore.

“I’ve seen how good it is and it really ups the ante.

“There’s Angus and Hereford in the UK but Australia has really done a lot of work on the quality of its beef.”

The quality of a steak really hinges on how an animal is raised and slaughtered, he writes, noting with no small trace of euphemism that all a chef has to do is to “flip it onto the grill”.

To find the best possible local beef for his restaurant at the Mandarin Oriential Hotel in London he had “to search and fight hard”, he said.

The other things Mr Blumenthal would like to pack for his return flight from Australia to the UK? Australian coffee, the Tim Tam slam, great Asian and family meal times.

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