The delicious. Produce Awards in association in with Miele are a celebration of Australia’s magnificent bounty of ethical, sustainable and innovative ingredients, and the passionate, talented people behind them, as nominated by the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs.
Now in their thirteenth year, the delicious. Produce Awards aim to spotlight new and native products, and consistently outstanding producers who are often the unsung heroes behind every great chef and every great meal.
Today's release of the 2018 State Winners list is the result of the delicious.Produce Awards State Judges meeting to taste their way through the crop of predominantly primary produce nominees. The State Judges were tasked with awarding the best of their state in the Dairy, Paddock, Sea and Earth categories to go through as State Winners to the national judging phase.
delicious. editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum said:
“Each year our State Judging panels sit around tables across the country and taste their way through hundreds of nominations, debating the most worthy winners for their state. In 2018 we continue to celebrate new, innovative, native and consistently outstanding Australian ingredients grown, caught, sourced or produced with dedication, passion, knowledge and regard for the environment. We have several new State Judges this year and I’m grateful to them all for their time and passion for the delicious. Produce Awards.”
The delicious. Produce Awards State Judging Panel consists of 24 Australian food leaders who dedicate their time to support the best Australian producers and drive innovation in the industry. New to the State Judging panels for 2018: Danielle Alvarez (NSW); Troy Rhoades-Brown (NSW); Darren Robertson (NSW); James Viles (NSW); Analiese Gregory (TAS); Rodney Dunn (TAS); Cameron Matthews (QLD); Spencer Patrick (QLD); Jo Barrett (VIC) and Jed Gerrard (WA).
NSW State Judge Darren Robertson said:
“I was really happy to join the NSW State Judging this year. I have long been an admirer of the delicious. Produce Awards and the work they do in highlighting the important role our producers play in making the Australian food industry the world leading industry it is. We tasted some incredible cheeses, new vegies with so much flavour and amazing seafood too.”
The State Winners’ produce is blind-tasted by a national panel of judges who decide the overall category winners, revealed at a special event in Sydney on 13 August along with additional awards judged by the delicious. Produce Awards critics’ panel, including: Producer of the Year; Best New Product; In the Bottle; Outstanding Region and Farmers’ Market; Outstanding Innovation and Outstanding Design; the Maggie Beer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Food; the Unearthed Next Gen Chef Award; Outstanding Native Producer and Outstanding Artisan.
Following its successful launch in 2017, The Alla Wolf-Tasker Good Food Matters delicious. Produce Awards Scholarship of $5000 will again be awarded in 2018. The 2018 State Winners will be eligible to apply for the 2018 scholarship.
For more on the awards head to delicious.com.au/produceawards and stay up-to-date by following @deliciousaus on Instagram and @deliciousAUS on Twitter using the hashtag #produceawards.