The winners of the 2011 Produce Awards, brought to you by ABC delicious. magazine, were announced last night at Guillaume at Bennelong, Sydney. Now in their sixth year, the Produce Awards encourage, showcase and reward Australia’s top producers in categories including “From the Earth‟, “From the Dairy‟, “From the Paddock‟, “From the Sea‟ and “Artisan”. Within each category, the remaining top producers have been recognised as medallists, acknowledging their consistency in submitting top-quality produce.
All producers who entered the awards were shortlisted by a panel of Australia‟s leading chefs from around the nation before being presented to the national judges – Matt Moran, Philip Johnson, Cheong Liew, Alla Wolf-Tasker, and Maggie Beer, patron of the Produce Awards. This year, judging took place over two days at Justin North‟s new cooking school Quarter 21 in Westfield Sydney, where our five national judges tasted their way through more than 80 finalists from around the nation before selecting the winners and medallists in each category.
WINNER, ARTISAN – PACDON PARK HAGGIS (NSW)
This year sees the introduction of this new award for artisan products, aimed at discovering specialists and provedores working with their local primary growers. This new category was judged and decided by judges Valli Little, Simon Marnie and Martin Boetz. Pacdon Park pride themselves on crafting the very best of British small goods from the best Australian ingredients. The true Highland Haggis is made using lamb pluck and flank from a local border Leicesters stud. “The standout in this category was Pacdon Park haggis – beautifully presented with such a complexity of flavour,” says Simon Marnie.
If you are feeling like some award winning Haggis, get it at the Pacdon Park FOODO store!