Last night in Sydney it was a great privilege to once again be invited to the annual delicious. Produce Awards. In a room filled with the cream of Australia’s farmers and producers, top chefs and judges such as awards patron Maggie Beer, we waited excited to hear the winners for this year. Among the judges and winners were friends, including Richard Gunner (who was one of our first guest writers on Inside Cuisine) as Australian Outstanding Providore.
delicious. Produce Awards 2013 winners:
FROM THE SEA & PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
– PRESENTED BY KITCHENAID
One Sea Rottnest Island Scallops, WA (Primary)
“The quality of these Western Australian scallops was world class,” said Guillaume Brahimi.
FROM THE PADDOCK
Flinders Island Meat Milk-Fed Lamb, Tas (Primary)
Piper Street Food Company Pork Rillettes, Vic (Artisan)
“We loved the complexity of the handmade rillettes,” said Maggie Beer.
FROM THE EARTH
Otway Forest Supreme Shitake, Vic (Primary)
(Winner of the category for the 2nd consecutive year)
Mount Zero Olives Biodynamic French Style Green Lentils, Vic (Artisan)
“I can still remember when we had to import these sort of lentils,” said Alla Wolf-Tasker.
FROM THE DAIRY
Tongola Goat ‘Curdy’, Tas (Primary)
The Butter Factory Myrtleford Cultured and Lightly Salted Butter, Vic (Artisan)
“There’s been a significant growth in the quality and integrity of products, from milk to cream, cheese, butter and curds, making judging this category very tough,” said Christine Manfield.
BEST NEW PRODUCT
Seafood Tasmania Bay of Fires Uni (AAA Grade Sea Urchin Roe), Tas
OUTSTANDING FARMERS MARKET – PRESENTED BY HARVEY NORMAN
Harvest Launceston Farmers Market, Tas
“Integrity, passion and bountiful local produce are the hallmarks of Harvest Launceston Farmers’ Market,” said Jane Adams from the Australia Farmers’ Market Association.
THE REGIONAL AWARD
Beechworth and The Alpine Valleys, Vic
“Victoria generally punches above its weight in sustainable food production. It’s nice to see this area rising to the occasion with some really stellar products,” said Alla Wolf-Tasker
OUTSTANDING USE OF REGIONAL PRODUCE BY A CHEF – PRESENTED BY DILMAH
Katrina and Karl Kanetani, Town Restaurant and Café, NSW
“The Kanetani’s are an amazing double act, and the individuality of their food owes much to their sourcing of produce from local small growers,” said John Lethlean of The Australian.
Kangaroo Island Ligurian Honey Bees, SA
Richard Gunner, Feast! Fine Foods, SA
“Richard’s 24-hour commitment to his passion has resulted in this well-deserved honour,” said Matt Preston.
ABC LOCAL RADIO COMMUNITY AWARD
Emma Lupin, Taste of the Top End, NT
“Emma has a passion for the local tropical produce found in and around Darwin, and encourages others to embrace it,” said Simon Marnie, ABC Local Radio presenter
MAGGIE BEER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO AUSTRALIAN FOOD
Julie Gibbs, Lantern, NSW
“Julie is responsible for some of the most beautiful cookbooks on our shelves. She’s an innovator, always ahead of the pack,” said Maggie Beer.
Later in the evening, tucked up comfortably in my bed, I received this facebook reply from delicious. Produce Awards project manager and friend Lucy Allon:
Lovely to see you Rebecca, glad you had a great night & thanks for your lovely comments – I have to share the credit with the wonderful delicious team & judges nationwide who make it come to life each year and Simon Marnie for doing such a fab MC job tonight.
To judge Chef Shannon Bennett for his sustainable business card – plant it to germinate a lemon scented bottlebrush
To Kitchen By Mike as the venue for the event for ending the canapés and the night with “delicious” popsicles
To Maggie Beer for the warmth of spirit she radiates in her glorious smile, the passion she brings to the awards and her commitment to Australian produce
delicious. magazine congratulates all the winners of the Produce Awards 2013. The complete story and full list of winners and medallists will appear in the August issue of delicious. magazine, on sale Thursday July 18, 2013.