Finest steak sought
Beef farmers nationwide are putting their best entries forward for the 13th annual Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin competition.
The highly- anticipated competition, sponsored by Zoetis, seeks to find New Zealand’s most tender and tasty steak, an award taken seriously by those in the industry.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand chief executive Dr Scott Champion said the competition is a great platform to showcase the New Zealand beef industry and illustrates the great care farmers take in producing the best quality beef.
‘‘It’s also a competition keenly contested by beef farmers who strive to take the coveted Steak of Origin title,’’ Champion said.
New Zealand beef farmers are invited to compete for the prestigious 2015 Grand Champion title, while meat retailers, wholesalers and food service suppliers can enter the 2015 Best of Brand category.
All entries will be scientifically tested at Carne Technologies, where elements such as tenderness and colour will determine which steaks will make the semifinals.
These steaks will be judged on aroma, juiciness, tenderness, texture and taste by a panel of culinary trained judges at the semifinal in Auckland on May 1.
From here, 20 finalists will be chosen for the grand final in Palmerston North on May 11.
Entries close February 20. For an entry form, farmers, retailers, wholesalers and food service suppliers can visit beeflambnz.co.nz or call 0800 733 466.