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Gallery: Stake your claim at this year’s World Steak Challenge
By Ashley Williams
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Held at the Magic Roundabout, London on Wednesday 4 July 2018, the event aims to hunt down the world’s best steak producers, from cattle farmers, beef wholesalers, ranchers and steak brands.
There will be seven categories for the competition: World’s Best Sirloin, World’s Best Fillet, World’s Best Rib Eye Steak, Best Grain-Fed Steak, Best Grass-fed Steak, as well as the overall winner, World’s Best Steak.
Among the judging panel will be Eran Tibi, head chef of Israeli restaurant Bala Baya, leading Dutch butcher Gertjan Kiers and The International Meat Trade Association policy director Katie Doherty.
The judges will ensure each entry matches its raw and cooked criteria, including appearance and aroma for the raw, as well as tenderness and flavour for the cooked.
Each steak will be given a score by the judges and the product that excels to the top standard will receive a Gold medal. Those steaks that receive this medal will go through to the BBQ round, where chefs and experts will cook the steaks for an agreed time and specification.
The steak with the highest overall score will be declared the World’s Best Steak and its supplier awarded the title World’s Best Steak Producer.
Last year’s overall winner ABP Poland produced a Sirloin Grain-fed Limousin Cross, aged 29 months and matured for 14 days. The accolade was collected by Eoin Ryan, who said the award would put Poland “on the map” in terms of beef production.
The competition is also a great opportunity to network with some of the top names in the world’s meat industry.
If you think your steak is a cut above the rest? Then enter the awards through the World Steak Challenge website.
The entry deadline for the competition will close on Monday 4 June. What’s not to like?
To give you a taste of what to expect, here’s some highlights from last year’s event.