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World Steak Challenge 2019

World Steak Challenge

This year, World Steak Challenge is moving from London to Dublin and we couldn’t be happier to announce FIRE is the official judging host of this year’s event on the 9th and 10th July!

The World Steak Challenge was launched in 2015 to deliver a recognised stamp of high food quality to support world-class steak production in a global platform, all steaks are assessed in terms of appearance raw and cooked, taste, aroma, succulence, marbling and consistency of fat trim. The entries given the highest score will be awarded a Gold Medal and go through to the consumer panel. Both sets of scores are combined and the highest ranking entry is crowned World’s Best Steak.  There are also awards for World’s best Grass-fed Steak, World’s Best Grain-fed steak, World’s best Sirloin, World’s best Fillet, World’s Best Rib Eye. As well as 45 Gold Medals, there are 37 Silver Medals and 52 Bronze Medals to be won.

The Leading Steak Producers

It also offers leading steak producers the chance to benchmark their products against competitors, compare product quality, breeding credentials and processing standards at an international stage and aims to highlight the benefits of eating steaks as part of a healthy balanced diet.  Twenty-two steak-producing countries have participated – entrants travel to attend the event and network with VIPs, judges and international media.

Dublin In 2019

This year, the World Steak Challenge is taking place in Dublin and we are delighted to be the judging host, with our Executive Chef, Richie Wilson on the judging panel leading the search for the world’s best steak this summerGlobal Meat News has named Richie this year’s Chair of the judges who will assemble in Eire to decide which country and which producer will become supreme 2019 champion in the World Steak Challenge.

the best steak in Ireland

The Judges

There will be over 30 experts after agreeing to adjudicate in this years events. The panel will include beef producers, butchers, restaurateurs and chefs from around the world. The judging is a long process which takes place over two days, this year on July 9 and 10 in Dublin.The two-day World Steak Challenge includes live cutting and cooking experts and consumer judging panels on the 9th of July, at judging host FIRE restaurant. The awards ceremony itself is on 10th July in the Round Room of the Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor, as well as a study tour of quality Irish food, arranged by official host partner Bord Bia.

The Finest Steak

 “For some, this is an opportunity to stand up and be counted. To show the world just how good your beef is, to prove you are the very best producer of the world’s finest steak,” said Richie. “After the challenge, the producers can continue to market this, proudly sporting their medals on packaging and across all their media channel. For others, the challenge is a unique opportunity to have their beef reviewed by a panel of judges made up of chefs, butchers, beef producers, all at the top of their game, along with the consumer panel, making this the most detailed scrutiny the steak could possibly receive. This information is invaluable to any producer, arming them with the knowledge needed to improve on their product.”

Richie Wilson Dublin Worlds Steak Challenge Fire Restaurant 2019

Trends In Beef Production

The annual competition reflects current trends and best practice in global beef production. “Slower and smaller is clearly what both our palates and planet want. The Challenge has seen winning steaks rise to the top because of the slower development of fat in the beef, giving the flavour that may once have been from a bygone time, but through devoted producers, mindful consumers and The World Steak Challenge, has seen a return in recent years,” said Richie. Global Meat News deputy editor Aidan Fortune explained why Ritchie was the perfect choice as chair of judges. “Richie was on the judging panel in 2018 and his enthusiasm and passion for quality steak shone through. Holding the competition in Ireland and having a chair of judges like Richie who is an expert in the production and preparation of the perfect steak, was a simple decision, and we look forward to sampling some amazing entries in July.”

Deputy Chair Of Judges

Due to the increasing scale of the Challenge, a deputy chair of judges has also been named. Hailing from Greece, Ioannis Grammenos is the Executive Chef at Heliot Steak House in London and has a culinary background that stretches back more than 20 years. He’s the world’s first meatologist and runs the School of Meatology at Heliot Steak House. Ioannis also judged last year.

Now in its fifth year, the World Steak Challenge 2019 is supported by official host partner Bord Bia. The World Steak Challenge is presented by Global Meat News, part of William Reed Business Media, the company behind the acclaimed World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards and The International Wine Challenge. Global Meat News is one of the world’s leading online news sources for the international meat trade.

For more information, visit the official World Steak Challenge website.