Australia’s best hams crowned at industry awards

05 December, 2016 by
Danielle Bowling

To help celebrate Australian Ham Week, the winners of the Australian Ham Awards have been announced, recognising the best traditional bone-in, boneless and nationally available hams.

The awards are organised by Australian Pork, and this year’s judges were Fleischmeister Horst Schurger, who has a Masters degree in Butchering and Smallgoods from the Master College in Monchengladbach, Germany; and chefs Paul McDonald and Nick Whitehouse.


More than 150 entries were assessed against a range of criteria including appearance, texture, aroma and taste.

The Best Australian Ham and Best Boneless Ham were awarded to Westridge Meats, Toowoomba, Queensland.


The Best Traditional Bone-In Ham was awarded to the Noosa Meat Centre in Noosaville, Queensland, and the judges named the Bertocchi Brothers Triple Smoked Leg Ham the Best Nationally Available Ham.

  • Overall Winner and Best Artisan Ham 
    Westridge Meats, Toowoomba, Qld
  • Traditional Bone-in Leg Ham
    1st – Noosa Meat Centre, Noosaville, Qld
    2nd – Campbell’s Superior Meats, West Pymble, NSW
    3rd – Wattle City Meats, Maryborough, Vic 
  • Boneless Ham
    1st – Westridge Meats, Toowoomba, Qld
    2nd – Sunshine Meats, Milperra, NSW
    3rd – Andrew’s Choice, Melbourne, Vic
  • Best Nationally Available Ham
    Bertocchi Brothers Triple Smoked Leg Ham