Stockyard Beef claims best steak in Australia for the fifth time

Stockyard's Black wagyu wins Australia's best steak award

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Stockyard's David Clark with best steak winner, Stockyard Black.

Stockyard's David Clark with best steak winner, Stockyard Black.

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After facing the scrutiny of 12 judges the premium wagyu brand, produced at Jondaryan on the Darling Downs, beat 52 other entrants.

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Champion's reign supreme.

If you didn't believe the first time, you should probably believe it the fifth; Stockyard Beef has claimed the title of Australia's best steak for the fifth time with their Stockyard Black Wagyu at the Royal Queensland Food Awards presentations in Brisbane.

After facing the scrutiny of 12 judges the premium wagyu brand, produced at Jondaryan on the Darling Downs, beat 52 other entrants to take home the coveted trophy at the national competition, which also crowned the Australia's best lamb, cheese and ice cream.

Stockyard Beef's David Clark said that winning the award for the fifth time felt all the better, following the year that was 2020.

"We've had a challenging last 12 months, COVID-19 was not in anyones business plans. After seeing all of our food services fail overnight, it feels like a great see a reward on the other end of that."

Mr Clark said the secret to the Stockyard's success "must be consistency" and thanked everyone behind the scenes.

"The award recognises the constant consistency that our team puts in to create our premium product."

The best lamb went to Victorian company Midfield Meat International, Warrnambool, for their Union Station premium lamb.

Chief judge for the branded beef and lamb leg of the competition, Elaine Millar said the quality of the beef and lamb entries this year were some of the best she had ever seen.

"Due to the extraordinary marbling in both the beef and lamb entries, the uncooked visual judging was overwhelmingly the best we have ever experienced," she said.

"Unlike any other year, there was extreme diversity in visual, flavour, texture and juiciness which provides a wonderful opportunity for retail, food service and ultimately the end diner to experience the multiplicity of taste sensations the seasons, regions and breeds bring to our plate."

Peter Cross from Manassen Foods accepting the Grand Champion Dairy award on behalf of Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese.

Peter Cross from Manassen Foods accepting the Grand Champion Dairy award on behalf of Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese.

Australia's best cheese went to Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese from Gippsland for their Riverine Blue cheese.

Peter Gross from Manassen Foods accepted the award on cheesemaker Barry Charlton's behalf. Mr Gross said Mr Charlton deserved the title as the "best cheesemaker in Australia" following a difficult year.

"Barry really makes the best blue cheese there is in Australia. It is so silky, smooth and creamy. It's not in your face, it's very subtle. The high fat makes it something that even a blue cheese beginner would enjoy," he said.

"COVID was tough for everyone, but for primary producers it was incredibly tough. The market everyone was use to went down overnight. From airlines to restaurants, a massive part of business was lost over night."

Queensland also claimed Australia's best ice cream went to Milani Minus Eight Degrees in Sunnybank, for their Dark Chocolate Lemon.

Excited attendees filling their plates with Australia's best dairy.

Excited attendees filling their plates with Australia's best dairy.

Chief judge for both cheese and ice cream categories Russell Smith said the benchmark has continued to rise in the competition.

"The standard of the cheese and dairy competition were higher than previous years, in part due to several small businesses who submitted their high quality products for the first time," Mr Russell said.

Other Beef Winners

CHAMPION MSA GRADED BRANDED BEEF OF SHOW

Grandchester by Mort & Co

King Street Grain Fed Class

Gold: Grandchester by Mort & Co

Silver: Ebony Black Angus by Kilcoy Global Foods

Bronze: Five Founders by North Australian Pastoral Company

King Street Grass Fed Class

Gold: JOSDALE by Australian Meat Group

Silver: Southern Ranges by Australian Meat Group

Bronze: JBS Queenslander by JBS Australia

Wagyu Class AUS-MEAT Marble Score 6 or less

Gold: ICON XB Wagyu by Paradigm Foods

Silver: The Phoenix by Mort & Co

Bronze: Roam Australian Wagyu by Paradigm Foods

Wagyu Class AUS-MEAT Marble Score 7+

Gold: Stockyard Black by Stockyard

Silver: ICON XB Wagyu by Paradigm Foods

Bronze: Master Selection by Mort & Co

Open Class

Gold: Stockyard Gold by Stockyard

Silver: JBS Yardstick by JBS Australia

Bronze: Ebony Black Angus by Kilcoy Global Foods

OTHER LAMB TROPHY WINNERS

Meat & Livestock Australia Branded Lamb - 20kg or Less

Gold:Tasmanian Royal by Royal Wholesale Meats

Silver: 246 by Midfield Meat International

Bronze: Union Station by Midfield Meat International

Branded Lamb - More than 20kg

Gold: Tasmanian Royal by Royal Wholesale Meats

Silver: Lamb of Tasmania by Tasmanian Lamb Company

Bronze: Australian Lamb by Woodward Foods Australia

Restaurant Trade Branded Lamb - More than 24kg

Gold: Union Station by Midfield Meat International

Silver: 246 by Midfield Meat International

Bronze: Tasmanian Royal by Royal Wholesale Meats

OTHER CHEESE AND DAIRY TROPHY WINNERS

Champion Cow's Milk Cheese of Show

Oak Blue by Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese

Champion Non Cow's Milk Cheese of Show

Riverine Blue by Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese

13cabs Champion Dairy Dessert or Yoghurt of Show

Probiotic Kefir by Cheeses Loves You

Dairy Australia Champion Butter, Milk or Cream of Show

Real Cream by Maleny Dairies

Champion Buffalo, Goat, Sheep or Other Non Cow's Milk Product of Show

Camel Milk Marinated Cheese - Persian Style Feta by Summer Land Camels

Champion Queensland Cheese or Dairy Product of Show

Blackall Gold Washed Rind by Woombye Cheese Company

OTHER ICE CREAM, GELATO AND SORBET TROPHY WINNERS

Champion Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry Ice Cream or Gelato of Show

Dark Chocolate by Milani House of Gelato

13cabs Champion Flavoured Ice Cream or Gelato of Show

Dark Chocolate Lemon by Milani Minus Eight Degrees

Dairy Australia Champion Ice Cream or Gelato of Show

Dark Chocolate Lemon by Milani Minus Eight Degrees

Champion Sorbet of Show

Queenslander Mango by The Standard Market Company

Champion Queensland Ice Cream, Gelato or Sorbet of Show

Dark Chocolate Lemon by Milani Minus Eight Degrees

The story Stockyard Beef claims best steak in Australia for the fifth time first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

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