Darling Downs Wagyu wins nation’s best steak

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What does it take to be crowned Australia’s best steak?

Textbook marbling, luscious juiciness, melt-in-the-mouth tenderness and well-balanced flavours, according to the nation’s leading meat judges.

A Queensland wagyu steak has been awarded Australia’s best steak at the prestigious Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show (RQFWS) Branded Beef and Lamb Competition presented by Super Butcher at Brisbane Showgrounds.

Stockyard’s Wagyu Kiwami beat 41 other entrants to take out the John Kilroy Cha Cha Char Grand Champion Branded Beef of Show.

Sophie Kennedy from Stockyard, awarded Australia’s best steak in the coveted Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Branded Beef and Lamb Competition.

Chief judge Elaine Millar said Stockyard’s standout steak, produced at Jondaryan, displayed exceptional qualities.

“It had incredibly well-balanced flavours that were both delicate and robust, from sweet biscuit and pureed blanched almond, through to Shitake mushroom – perfect for sashimi to charcoal grilling,” Ms Millar said.

Woodward Foods Australia claimed the title of Australia’s best lamb for its HRW Tasmanian Lamb product.

Ms Millar described the lamb as having a balance of sweet juiciness, silky texture, extensive palate length and complex yet delicate nutty and enoki mushroom flavours.

The Branded Beef and Lamb Competition is regarded as the most coveted and comprehensive of its kind in the nation, with entries slightly up this year.

Australia’s best steak: Stockyard’s Wagyu Kiwami won the John Kilroy Cha Cha Char Grand Champion Branded Beef of Show.

Super Butcher managing director Susan McDonald said the push for branded products in the company’s six retail stores drove her to support the Branded Beef and Lamb Competition.

“Our customers, more and more, are looking beyond the meat they see in the store to the family which has produced it and how and where it is grown,” she said.

“A retail brand is a commitment, a promise, to the consumers – and producers going the extra mile and putting in the effort to develop their brand deserve the recognition this competition delivers.”

The awards followed two days of rigorous judging this week, which saw 14 expert judges including Jake Nicolson from Black Bird Bar and Grill and Glen Barratt from Wild Canary, taste their way through 70 of the nation’s finest beef and lamb products in the retail market.

The RQFWS, which is made up of seven competitions, will now turn its attention to the nation’s finest cheeses, dairy products and ice creams, with the cream of the crop to be crowned on May 26.

Meat for judging in the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Branded Beef and Lamb Competition. Photo by RNA

MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

THE JOHN KILROY CHA CHA CHAR GRAND CHAMPION BRANDED BEEF OF SHOW (Australia’s best steak): Stockyard – Class 5 Cat. No. 32 – Stockyard Wagyu Kiwami

SUPER BUTCHER CHAMPION MSA GRADED BRANDED BEEF OF SHOW: JBS Australia – Class 1 Cat. No. 7 – JBS Riverina Angus

SUPER BUTCHER CHAMPION BRANDED LAMB OF SHOW (Australia’s Best Lamb): Woodward Foods Australia – Class 7 Cat. No. 52 – HRW Tasmanian Lamb

Meat marbling was a key criterion in the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Branded Beef and Lamb Competition. Photo by RNA

BEEF AWARD WINNERS

Class 1 – Lendlease Grain Fed Class

Gold: JBS Australia for its JBS Riverina Angus

Silver: Thomas Foods International for its Thomas Foods Signature Clare Valley Grain Fed

Bronze: JBS Australia for its JBS Thousand Guineas Shorthorn

Class 2 – Lendlease Grass Fed Class

Gold: JBS Australia for its Great Southern Pinnacle

Silver: JBS Australia for its King Island Premium Beef

Bronze: JBS Australia for its JBS Swift Premium

Class 3 – Super Butcher Wagyu Class AUS-MEAT Marble Score 1 to 5

Gold: Andrews Meat Industries for its Tajima Wagyu

Silver: Stanbroke for its Diamantina

Class 4 – Super Butcher Wagyu Class AUS-MEAT Marble Score 6+

Gold: Stockyard for its Stockyard Wagyu Black

Silver: Andrews Meat Industries for its Tajima Wagyu

Class 5 – Super Butcher Open Class

Gold: Stockyard for its Stockyard Wagyu Kiwami

Silver: JBS Australia for its JBS Royal

Bronze: JBS Australia for its Red Gum Creek Beef

Lamb on display at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Branded Beef and Lamb Competition.

LAMB AWARD WINNERS

Class 6 – Meat & Livestock Australia Branded Lamb Class 20kg or Less

Gold: Country Fresh Nationwide for its Supreme MSA Lamb

Silver: Country Fresh Nationwide for its Thomas Farms

Bronze: Woodward Foods Australia for its HRW Tasmanian Lamb

Class 7 – Super Butcher Branded Lamb Class More than 20kg

Gold: Woodward Foods Australia for its HRW Tasmanian Lamb

Silver: Country Fresh Nationwide for its Supreme MSA Lamb

Bronze: Milly Hill for its Milly Hill

Class 8 – Super Butcher Restaurant Trade Branded Lamb Class More than 24kg

Gold: Woodward Foods Australia for its HRW Tasmanian Lamb

Silver: Woodward Foods Australia for its Woodward Foods Prime Lamb

Bronze: JBS Australia for its Great Southern Lamb

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