Winners announced at the 2011 “Delicious” Produce Awards
The ABC’s Delicious Magazine annual Produce Awards for 2011 were announced in Sydney this week.
These awards recognise the best Australian produce in a number of categories, and finalists from each Australian State were assessed by a national judging panel.
The national judging panel included some of Australia’s top chefs, such as Matt Moran (ARIA Restaurant, New South Wales and Queensland), Philip Johnson (E’cco Bistro, Queensland), Cheong Liew (The Botanical, Victoria), Alla Wolf-Tasker (The Lake House, Victoria) and Maggie Beer (Patron of the Produce Awards, South Australia). The judges blind tasted the finalists’ produce from all around Australia to determine the winners of each category and the overall Producer of the Year.
The winners of the ABC Delicious Magazine Produce Awards for 2011 were as follows:
Producer of the Year and Winner of the Sea Category: Kinkawooka Shellfish Co (mussels)
Winner of the Dairy Category: Gundowring Fine Foods (ice cream)
Winner of the Earth Category: Shima Wasabi (fresh wasabi stem and leaves)
Winner of the Paddock Category: White Rocks Veal (veal)
Winner of the Artisan Award: Pacdon Park (haggis)
Best New Product: Snowy River Station Samphire (samphire)
Hall of Fame:
Blackmore Wagyu Beef, Vic
Holy Goat Cheese (La Luna)
Spanner Crabs Noosa (spanner crabs)
Outstanding Farmers’ Market: Eveleigh Farmers’ Market, NSW
The Regional Award: Huon Valley, Tas
Outstanding Use of Regional Produce by a Chef: David Moyle, The Stackings at Peppermint Bay, Tas
Heritage Award: Fiona Chambers, Fernleigh Farms
Outstanding Provedores: Ian & Liz Hemphill, Herbie’s Spices
Maggie Beer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Food:
Neil Perry, chef/restaurateur, Rockpool (Sydney and Melbourne)