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2016 DELICIOUS. produce awards state winners announced

The full list of 2016 delicious. Produce Awards State Winners 2016 were today revealed and will appear in the September issue of delicious. on sale Thursday August 11, 2016.

The 2016 delicious. Produce Awards in partnership with Miele saw a new approach to the Awards’ nomination process with the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs asked to nominate the passionate producers they work so closely with. Today’s announcement of the 2016 State Winners is the result of the delicious. Produce Awards State Judges meeting
to taste their way through the crop of nominees in the Earth, Dairy, Paddock and Sea categories. The State Winners will now progress to the national judging phase.

delicious. Editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum said: “Australia’s produce, producers and chefs are globally renowned for excellence. Opening nominations in 2016 exclusively to the country’s leading industry experts has meant the calibre of entries this year is unprecedented in terms of quality and innovation, including some really exciting new producers we haven’t seen on the Produce Awards stage before. This year we have also introduced a drink and dine category,

as well as a special Readers’ Choice award that saw thousands of Australians nominate their favourite Australian food region in the Outstanding Region – Readers’ Choice Award. The votes are in and with over 80 regions nominated it’s
a very close race!” The winner of the Readers’ Choice Award will be announced on the night with all other 2016 awards.

The delicious. Produce Awards Judging Panel consists of 39 Australian food leaders who all dedicate their time to support Australian producers and drive innovation in the industry. New to the State Judging, Expert and Critics’ panels this year: Paul West (River Cottage Australia), Anthony Puharich (Vic’s Meat), Ross and Sunny Lusted (Bridge Room, NSW), Mike McEnearney (No. 1 Bent Street, NSW), Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, NSW), Mike Bennie (delicious. drinks writer), Iain Todd (Ethos Eat Drink, Tas), Joe Grbac (Saint Crispin, Vic), Nicky Riemer (Union Dining, Vic) and Paul Baker (Botanic Gardens Restaurant, SA).

Tasmanian State Judge Paul West said: “I have long been a huge fan of the delicious. Produce Awards and the important job the awards does in bringing the very best Australian producers into the spotlight and giving them the recognition and publicity they deserve. Our restaurants and diverse food scene here in Australia is only as good as the produce that is now so readily available. I am absolutely humbled to have been a part of the Tasmanian State Judging panel and congratulate all the Tasmanian State Winners.”

The State Winners are blind-tasted by a national panel of judges who decide the overall category winners, revealed at a special event in Sydney on September 12, along with additional awards judged by our critics’ panel, including: Producer of the Year (presented by Miele); Outstanding Chef (presented by Pier One Sydney Harbour); Unearthed Next Gen Chef; Outstanding Innovation (presented by Miele); Outstanding Region; the Maggie Beer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Food and the new awards for 2016, In the Bottle, Outstanding Design and the Readers’ Choice award for Outstanding Region.

Stay up-to-date by following @deliciousAUS on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #produceawards. For more information, interview requests and imagery, please contact:

Kirrilly Sams

E: kirrilly@sams-somervaille.com M: 0418 224 050

Gabriella Somervaille

E: gabriella@sams-somervaille.com M: 0401 026 263

 

2016 DELICIOUS. PRODUCE AWARDS STATE JUDGES

QUEENSLAND STATE JUDGES

Jake Nicolson, Blackbird Bar & Grill David Rayner, Thomas Corner Eatery Ryan Squires, Esquire

QUEENSLAND

FROM THE DAIRY

Barambah Organics, Pure Cream
Cedar Street Cheeserie, Buffalo Haloumi Cedar Street Cheeserie, A Love Supreme Woombye Cheese Company, Camembert

FROM THE EARTH

Bunda Ginga, Ground ginger
Cooloola Berries, Strawberries
Inca In Oz, Aji Amarillo (Yellow Peruvian Chilli)
LíráH, Grand Reserve Cabernet Vinegar
Pretty Produce, Leaf mixes and edible flowers
The Lime Caviar Company Australia and Finger Lime Caviar, Fresh & Frozen Lime Caviar Finger Limes

FROM THE PADDOCK

Bendele Farm Organic Poultry, Hinterland Free-range Duck

Peachester Farm, Pastured Chicken
Walker Farm Foods, Nomadic Pastured Chook Eggs

FROM THE SEA

Mark Eather, Spanish Mackerel
Pacific Reef Fisheries, North Queensland Cobia Spanner Crabs from the Spannerman, Spanner crabs Sequel Seafoods, Wild-caught Eastern King Prawn Sequel Seafoods, Wild-caught Squid
St Peter’s Stradbroke Island Artisan Smoked Seafood,

Andrew Mirosch’s Own Line-caught Cold-smoked

Spanish Mackerel
Walker Seafoods Australia, MSC Swordfish

 

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