Last night, Monday 25th July, 2011, were the ABC Delicious Produce Awards 2011 which were showcasing finalists over many areas of produce from the Earth, the Sea, and the Paddock, which are designed to encourage, showcase and reward Australian producers. This year, the sixth year of the Delicious Produce Awards, introduced two new categories, the Artisan Award (for secondary producers) and the Hall of Fame (for producers that have won awards at least twice previously).
The location was Guillaume at Bennelong, at the Sydney Opera House, for this years produce awards, to a bustling crowd eager and excited to see the top producers products, and of course who would win the Producer of the Year. For an occaision such as this the setting was perfect, with the view from Guillaume at Bennelong, overlooking Circular Quay and the sparkling lights of Sydney – what better place to show what Australian producers have to offer.
Throughout the evening a number of canapes were on offer which highlighted the produce of the top producers at the ABC Delicious Produce Awards 2011. Every dish was looked and tasted fantastic, and definitely did the produce justice.
The canape menu on the night was as follows:
Huon Valley Salmon cone with Shime Wasabi mayonnaise
Sashimi of Kingfish with Snowy River Station Samphire and yuzu cream
Heirloom Carrots with Herbie’s cumin spice mix
French Breakfast Radishes with Herbie’s Fennel seeds and yoghurt dip
Kinkawooka Mussels with Herbie’s Saffron and tomato sauce
Huon Valley Mushroom Ragout Tartlet with balsamic glaze
Noosa Spanner Crabs with Shime Wasabi Stem and finger lime
Holy Goat Cheese La Luna with shaved walnut and honey
Pacdon Park Black Pudding with scallop and apple salad
Blackmore Wagyu Beef with roast garlic and Shima Wasabi
Spiced White Rocks Veal Sweetbreads with gingerbread sauce
White Rocks Veal Cheek with mash and gremolata
Dilmah Elegant Earl Grey Tea Jelly
Selection of Gundowring Finest Ice Cream dipped in chocolate
Fig with white chocolate
Orange and Cardamom with dark chocolate
French Plum with white chocolate
Plum Pudding with milk chocolate
Spice with dark chocolate
White chocolate and Macadamia with milk chocolate.
On the night, the award that the was most coveted, the Producer of the Year, which is given for committment, innovation and flavour, as well as the quality and accessibility of the product, was given to Kinkawooka Mussels from South Australia. These Mussels were mouth-wateringly amazing and obviously well deserved the award.
Throughout the evening, the level of the finalists of the 2011 ABC Delicious Produce Awards, showed just how high a standard Australian producers are maintaining, even with the extreme weather conditions this year has provided. The awards also highlighted just how important a role great produce is to the food industry in Australia, and to paraphrase Matt Preston, the MC for the night, great things start in the paddock, the seas and the earth, and you can’t make beautiful things without good produce.
THE WINNERS of the five major, highly coveted categories are:
WINNER, FROM THE SEA & PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – PETIT BOUCHOT MUSSELS, KINKAWOOKA SHELLFISH CO. (SA)
Regarded worldwide as the benchmark of mussels, the famous Petit Bouchot, from the Brittany region of South West France, was the inspiration for Kinkawooka’s team which left judges speechless with their perfectly formed mussel. “The almost obsessive quality measures and real pride taken by Kinkawooka have created a mussel that is so sweet and perfect in flavour,” says Maggie Beer.
WINNER, FROM THE DAIRY – GUNDOWRING FINEST ICE CREAM (VIC)
Fourth generation farmers and concerned environmentalists Sarah & Stephen Crooke, together with their two sons, create their ice cream with fresh, rich, creamy milk from their herd of Holstein cows and the best regional and seasonal ingredients including superb quality local grown fruit, nuts and honey. “Gundowring is one of those orchard-to-bowl, paddock-to-plate stories that one wishes could be true of all food,” says Alla Wolf-Tasker.
WINNER, FROM THE EARTH – SHIMA WASABI FRESH WASABI STEM & LEAVES (TAS)
The word shima is Japanese for island, hence Shima Wasabi translates to Island Wasabi. It is grown in the pristine Tasmanian environment, ensuring maximum flavour and quality. The stem provides a hot, sweet flavour when freshly grated. The glossy, deep green leaves are ideal as a garnish “Fresh wasabi tastes green, gutsy and sharp,” says Cheong Liew. “At last we have the real thing for our sashimi.”
WINNER, FROM THE PADDOCK – MONDO WHITE ROCKS VEAL (WA)
A previous winner in the 2009 Produce Awards, Mondo White Rocks Veal has been developed as the leading quality veal in Australia and holds its own not just in the Australian food industry, but on the world stage. “It’s a product that Australia should be proud of,” says Philip Johnson. “The purity of flavour is clearly world class.”
WINNER, ARTISAN – PACDON PARK HAGGIS (NSW)
This year sees the introduction of this new award for artisan products, aimed at discovering specialists and provedores working with their local primary growers. This new category was judged and decided by judges Valli Little, Simon Marnie and Martin Boetz. Pacdon Park pride themselves on crafting the very best of British small goods from the best Australian ingredients. The true Highland Haggis is made using lamb pluck and flank from a local border Leicesters stud. “The standout in this category was Pacdon Park haggis – beautifully presented with such a complexity of flavour,” says Simon Marnie.
The medallists in the five major categories are:
MEDALLISTS FROM THE SEA
· CONE BAY OCEAN BARRAMUNDI (WA)
· SPANNER CRABS NOOSA RAW CRAB MEAT (QLD)
· YARRA VALLEY SALMON CAVIAR (VIC)
MEDALLISTS FROM THE DAIRY
· B.-D. FARM PARIS CREEK QUARK (SA)
· HOLY GOAT CHEESE LA LUNA (VIC)
MEDALLISTS FROM THE EARTH
· MT ALEXANDER FRUIT GARDENS ORGANIC STONE FRUIT (VIC)
· SNOWY RIVER STATION SAMPHIRE (VIC)
· BELLATA GOLD DURUM SEMOLINA (NSW)
· COBRAM ESTATE PREMIER EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (VIC)
· LI-SUN EXOTIC MUSHROOMS (NSW)
MEDALLISTS FROM THE PADDOCK
· SHER WAGYU BEEF (VIC)
· FEAST! FINE FOOD PURE SUFFOLK LAMB (SA)
· SCHU AM BERKSHIRE PORK (SA)
· REDGATE FARM JURASSIC QUAIL (NSW)
· CORNUCOPIA BIODYNAMIC FARM HEN’S EGGS (NSW)
· MACLEAY VALLEY RABBITS (NSW)
· FERNLEIGH FREE-RANGE CHORIZO (VIC)
· BRASSERIE BREAD FRENCH MOUNTAIN BREAD (NSW)
· UDDER DELIGHTS GOAT’S CURD (SA)
· WOODBRIDGE SMOKEHOUSE SMOKED OCEAN TROUT (TAS)
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
KINKAWOOKA SHELLFISH CO. (SA)
BEST NEW PRODUCT
SNOWY RIVER STATION SAMPHIRE (VIC)
OUTSTANDING USE OF REGIONAL PRODUCE BY A CHEF
DAVID MOYLE, THE STACKINGS AT PEPPERMINT BAY (TAS)
FIONA CHAMBERS, FERNLEIGH FARMS (VIC)
THE REGIONAL AWARD
HUON VALLEY (TAS)
IAN & LIZ HEMPHILL, HERBIE’S SPICES
OUTSTANDING FARMERS’ MARKET
EVELEIGH FARMERS’ MARKET (NSW)
HALL OF FAME AWARDS
HOLY GOAT CHEESE LA LUNA (VIC)
BLACKMORE WAGYU BEEF (VIC)
SPANNER CRABS NOOSA RAW CRAB MEAT (QLD)
MAGGIE BEER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO AUSTRALIAN FOOD – NEIL PERRY, CHEF/RESTAURATEUR, ROCKPOOL
ABC delicious. magazine congratulates all the winners of the 2011 Produce Awards. The complete story and full list of winners and medallists will appear in the August issue of ABC delicious. magazine, on sale yesterday Wednesday 27 July 2011.