Steak contest finalists announced

The finalists of Eblex’s inaugural ‘England’s Best Sirloin Steak’ competition have been announced after significant interest from businesses.

Eblex’s foodservice manager Hugh Judd said he was “delighted” with the level of interest in the competition.

‘England’s Best Sirloin Steak’ is one of three competitions to make up the newly launched Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards 2015, along with ‘England’s Best Innovative Steak’ and ‘England’s Best Steak Pie’.

The competitions recognise products that deliver excellent eating quality and customer satisfaction.

Judd was impressed with the standard of entries: “First-round judging was incredibly difficult as the quality of entries quickly became evident. Just over half of the sirloin steaks entered achieved Gold Award status and, from those, the three top-scoring products in each category were selected as finalists.”

The finalists include:

Independent Butcher:

Owen Taylor & Sons of Alfreton, Derbyshire with ‘Larder Trim Sirloin’
Barlows of Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts with ‘Sirloin’
Breeding Vision of Dunstable, Beds with ‘Wagyu X Sirloin’

Multiple Retailer or Manufacturer/Supplier:

Musgrave Retail Partners GB with ‘Budgens “Discover the Taste” Sirloin Steak’
Buitelaar Production (UK) with ‘Buitelaar Select Sirloin’
Linden Foods with ‘Chef’s Larder Premium Extra Mature Sirloin’

Catering Butcher or Foodservice Operator/Supplier:

Mitchells & Butlers with ‘Miller and Carter Sirloin Steak’
Walter Rose & Son with ‘Sirloin Steak’
Solent Butchers with ‘Southern Pride Sirloin Steak’

The category winners and Overall Winner in all three Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards competitions will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at the Underglobe in London on 22 April 2015.

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