Australia wins major title in 2023 World Steak Challenge
Jack Creek cattle are bred and raised on the natural pastures surrounding the willow trees of central New South Wales. They are then finished with a mixture of grain, hay and silage.
Itoham Yonekyu Holdings won the World’s Best Wagyu and Asia’s Best Steak awards for its A5 Wagyu steak from the Japanese Black Cattle (Kurogi Washu) breed, while the World’s Best Rib Eye award went to Alliance Group for its 55-day-aged prime rib. , with the company also claiming the title of best grass-fed steak in the world.
The best fillet steak in the world and the best steak in Europe were a 28-day-aged Norrland steak from the German Rotponte breed and a Charolais/Limousine from the Danish Crown.
The Best Steak in South America was a Rib Eye from Azul Natural Beef with a Creekstone Farms Black Angus Wet Aged Rib Eye Steak chosen as the Best Steak in North America.
List of winners of the World Steak Challenge
- Best steak in the world, best steak in Oceania and best sirloin: Australian Jack Creek Wagyu steak
- Best Steak in Asia and Best Wagyu Steak in the World: Ito Wagyu A5+ Japanese Sirloin Steak – Itoham Yonekyu Holdings
- The best steak in Europe and the best fillet steak in the world: Norrland Hever German Fillet – The Danish Crown
- Best North American Steak: Creekstone Farms Rib Eye Steak from the USA
- Best Steak in South America: Signature Argentinian Rib Eye Steak – Azul Natural Beef
- Best Ribeye Steak in the World: 55-Day-Aged Ribeye from New Zealand – Alliance Group
The winners were crowned at a special dinner held last night (Monday 13 November 2023) at steakhouse Smith & Wollensky following a two-day judging process held in September at steakhouse Vlees & Co in Amsterdam.
A total of 346 steak medals were awarded at this year’s World Steak Challenge, including a record 134 gold medals, with 120 steaks awarded silver medals and 92 bronze medals. Australia received the most gold medals, with 18 steaks receiving a state accolade, with Ireland receiving the most medals with 67 steaks awarded a gold, silver or bronze award.
Australian Jack Crick is no stranger to awards. Last year, it was the winner in the Rib-eye category and was the winner in the Best Filet Mignon, Best Rib-Eye and Best Rib-Eye of 2021 categories.
“This year’s competition saw the highest level of entries to date, with a record number of gold entries, but one steak stood out from the pack. Congratulations to Jack’s Creek for their outstanding steak and to all the winners in the other categoriessaid restaurant editor and global steak challenge judge Stefan Chomka.
“The global nature of this competition and the high quality of the participants shows a real desire across the world to produce some of the highest quality cuts of steak that are testament to the hard work that goes into beef production.“.
Jack Creek’s Ken Allan said:It’s a bit exciting to be honest. “It’s my first event, so we’ve been lucky enough to pick up previous awards, but to be here and get an award in person is a huge achievement.”
Now in its ninth year, the World Steak Challenge is partnered with Irish Food Council Bord Bia with the help of Synergy Grill, which supplied the grills on which the steaks were cooked.
“Bord Bia is delighted to sponsor the World Steak Challenge and share with our industry partners what Irish beef farming has to offer, where sustainable, grass-fed farming practices are at the core of our beef industry.added Bord Bia Senior Meat and Livestock Manager Joe Burke.
“Ireland exports 90% of our beef to over 50 markets around the world, from the US to the Philippines, a strong endorsement of the quality and reputation of Irish beef from farm to fork. We are delighted that Ireland secured 67 medals in the competition. This is a way to make our origin known and recognized internationally on the basis of quality and taste. Competitions such as this provide the perfect opportunity to experience world-class beef offerings as well as share our values of producing high-quality beef with chefs and the industry.
The judging panel for this year’s challenge included Ritchie Wilson, Culinary Director at FIRE Steakhouse & Bar, Ioannis Gramenos, Executive Chef and Meat Expert at Heliot Steak House in London, Paul Foster, Chef Sponsor of Michelin-starred Salt in Stratford and Grassfed in Camden, and Abdulrahman Al-Suwailem. , chef-owner of Marble Restaurant in Riyadh, currently ranked No. 23 in the Best Restaurants in the MENA region, and Katie Doherty, CEO at the International Meat Trade Federation.
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