Taking top prizes by the barra load
DAINTREE Saltwater Barramundi has hired a consultant to look at ways for the Wonga Beach operation to expand.
Last year its production was more than 100 tonnes and, due to growing demand, the farm is setting out to compete with some of the biggest farms in the country.
It’s doing that with supreme confidence, thanks to yet another win – the seventh year in a row – in the coveted Sydney Royal Fine Food Show’s Gold Medal Award.
The farm (part of which is also known as Hook a Barra) received gold medals for both Plate Size and Large Barramundi, proving the consistent and high quality of the farm’s produce.
“It’s once again such a wonderful feeling to achieve this recognition from this prestigious show for the seventh year running,” said farm manager Mark Hober.
“The hard work and dedication of our team, continually improving our systems and husbandry techniques and all the little things we do everyday pays off, making this farm one of the best in Australia and our product of the highest quality.”
To be awarded a gold medal is no easy feat. The food is blind tested, meaning no-one on the judging panel knows the origin of the fish.
The panel consists of Sydney chefs, members of DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) and a handful of chef stewards.
Fish are assessed for conformation, flavour, after taste, sweetness, texture appearance, strength and intensity and are scored on a points system.
To receive the gold medal entrants must achieve a rating of 90.5.
Mark Hober of Daintree Saltwater Barramundi