World Steak Challenge 2016 now open for entries

Following the success of the inaugural World Steak Challenge, organised by GlobalMeatNews, the international competition to crown the best steak on the planet has returned.

Last years winning steak was a Wagyu cross from Australian producer Jacks Creek, which was entered by German importer Albers GMBH. It came from a 30-month old animal that had been grain-fed for 450 days.

Jacks Creek managing director Patrick Warmoll was stoked to win the first-ever World Steak Challenge.

Its truly an international competition, so its a tremendous honour and were stoked to have won it. When we entered we knew that the very best were going to be there and we were right. I was sure Japan or the United States would win but we came through.

GlobalMeatNews deputy editor Aidan Fortune said: The World Steak Challenge is about celebrating the joy and benefits of eating steak as part of a healthy balanced diet. This ultimate test of steak highlights the quality and premium standard of steak production around the globe.

Last years competition was incredibly close and Im certain 2016 will be no different as we cast the net even wider in the search for premium steak production.

To enter this years World Steak Challenge, click here. Closing date for entries is Friday, 2 September. Live judging takes place at The Look Out in Londons Hyde Park on Thursday, 22 September.

The judging panel includes a mix of meat scientists, master butchers, grillers and chefs from all over the world under the chairmanship of the distinguished award-winning Northern Ireland butcher George McCartney.

Every sirloin is judged in a raw and cooked capacity. After raw analysis, steaks are cooked to a level of medium and probed to a core temperature between 50-55C before being allowed to rest for five minutes and then sampled. All steaks that achieve the highest Gold medal scores in the technical judging go into the second stage of judging.

Gold medal steaks are cooked on a BBQ by chefs and scored by a new panel of judges, drawn from a wide range of nationalities and expertise to ensure diverse international tastes are accounted for.

The scores awarded at this stage for each steak will be added to the total from stage one to reach an overall score and the steak with the highest total score will be awarded the title Worlds Best Steak and its producer Worlds Best Steak Producer.

The World Steak Challenge is presented by William Reed, the company behind the acclaimed Worlds 50 Best Restaurants awards and The International Wine Challenge.

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