I was recently invited to attend The World Steak Challenge Awards at the Magic Roundabout in Old Street, London. With perfect weather and plenty of Pimm’s; guests, judges and entrants had the opportunity to sample some great steak and network with industry leaders. I absolutely love steak so it was a really great opportunity to learn more about the “steak sector” and the best cuts of meat available on the market.
Poland was announced as the world’s overall best steak producer 2017. The winning steak is a sirloin, grain fed and reared by F&M Frackowiak of Woj. Wielkopolskie, Poland and entered into the competition by ABP Poland. Two steaks entered by ABP Poland scooped four awards, including two Gold medals and the overall World Steak Challenge championship title. I had the opportunity to taste the winning steak and I can safely say that it was a worthy winner! Not only was it succulent and tender but it was just so smooth juicy. I hope I will be able to find restaurants in London who source this steak so that I can eat it again and introduce fellow meat lovers to this delicious cut of meat.
The global steak challenge, which recognises Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal steak quality, is presented by Global Meat News.
- World Steak Champion 2017 – ABP Poland for its Sirloin
- Best Sirloin goes to ABP Poland
- Best grain fed goes to ABP Poland for its Sirloin
- Best grass fed goes to Martins Meats with a Rib Eye grass fed produced by Hill View Farm, Cheltenham, Glos England
- Best Rib Eye goes to ABP Poland
- Best Fillet goes to the 2015 and 2016 champions Jack’s Creek of New South Wales, entered by Albers gmbH of Germany.
The 10 gold medal winning countries are Australia 2, Brazil 1, England 2, Finland 1, Ireland 3. Northern Ireland 2, Poland 2, Scotland 1, Spain 2, USA 1.
An expert international judging panel shortlisted the 2017 champion and gold medal award winning steaks from a long list of more than 120 steaks. There are also 19 silver medal winners and 33 bronze medal winners.
Announcing the Champion, Chair of judges Marco Peerdeman said: “It was a very tidy entry with great marbling with a lovely trim. The taste was great, it was rich but a bit different – it looks like a wagyu but once you taste it you realise it’s not.”
More information visit: https://www.worldsteakchallenge.com/