News Corp Australia announced the winners of the 2017 delicious. Produce Awards presented by Miele at a VIP industry event at QT Melbourne. Australia’s most renowned chefs and food industry leaders joined the delicious. team at the annual ceremony. The awards are designed to celebrate the country’s most outstanding ingredients, inspiring and sustainable producers, farmers’ markets, innovators, and regional and emerging chefs and regions.
Sixteen awards were presented, including new awards to 2017: Outstanding Native Producer, Outstanding Artisan, and the Alla Wolf-Tasker Foundation delicious. Produce Awards Scholarship, which was awarded to Michael & Cressida McNamara from Pecora Dairy, NSW, to further their knowledge and understanding in their chosen field of endeavour. The Alla Wolf-Tasker Foundation delicious. Produce Awards scholarship may be used by the winner for educational travel, ‘staging’ with other practitioners in their field, and the pursuit of relevant educational courses and workshops or similar.
This year, state winners across the four major categories (From the Dairy, From the Earth, From the Paddock and From the Sea) were judged by the national judging panel, and all state winners were considered for the overall Producer of the Year Award, which was last night awarded to Ocean Grown Abalone Ranched Greenlip Abalone. Its ‘wild harvest’ Greenlip Abalone, grown on artificial reefs in the pristine waters of Flinders Bay in Western Australia, won multiple plaudits from the national judging panel.
delicious. editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum said: “Innovation continues to be a really important factor evident with so many of our winners this year. The other trend we have seen, and felt it important to recognise with the introduction of its own award, was the cultivation of extraordinary native produce. As chefs and consumers alike are becoming increasingly aware of the providence of what they cook with and eat, it’s so exciting to see so many producers harnessing native produce that is both seasonal and sustainable. Congratulations to all our winners and gold medallists.”
Now in its twelfth year, the delicious. Produce Awards continue to champion the best Australian produce and the people behind it, thanks to a passionate network of food industry experts who nominate outstanding produce and producers from all over Australia, and the insight of our national judging panel and expert and critics panels.
delicious. Produce Awards Patron Maggie Beer said: “Every year it is a privilege to meet with and celebrate the delicious. Produce Awards winners who really do make the Australian food scene the trailblazing and exciting industry it is known as. It is wonderful to celebrate the hard-working producers of Australia who consistently set the bar so high.”
The 2017 delicious. Produce Awards VIP event was hosted by delicious. senior editor Matt Preston and guests were treated to an incredible menu of canapés inspired by 2017 trophy winners’ and gold medallists’ produce, and created by the QT Melbourne team. The food was accompanied by champagne and hand-picked Australian wines by exclusive beverage partner Qantas epiQure and espresso martinis crafted by Miele. National judges and VIP guests stayed at QT Melbourne. The full list of winners and gold medallists appears in the September issue of delicious., on sale Thursday, August 10, and on delicious.com.au.
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