Global Meat News has launched its annual global challenge to find the World’s Best Steak with a new summer date, new London venue and new competition categories.

The annual World Steak Challenge is designed to benchmark the quality of beef production against international competitors.

Now in its third year, previously the competition had only judged sirloins. This year, however, gold, silver and bronze medals will also be awarded to rib eye and fillet steaks. From the winners in each category, only one steak will achieve the prestigious status of World’s Best Steak 2017. Also new to the competition this year are awards for the best grain-fed and the best grass-fed steaks.

While the competition will move to a earlier slot in the summer, the live judging and awards event will remain in London and taking place on Tuesday 4 July at the Magic Roundabout in Old Street.

Last year, 83 prime producers from 17 countries entered the challenge, which was won for the second year running by Jack’s Creek, a cattle ranch business in New South Wales in Australia. Read more about Jack’s Creek here.

The winning steak, an F2 + Wagyu beef, was entered into the competition by importer Albers GMBH from Dusseldorf, Germany. The Sirloin was wet aged for 40 days, dry aged for five days and grain fed for 450 days.

“This has been the greatest achievement for Jack’s Creek thus far. The back to back win has blown the lid off Jack’s Creek and catapulted our company onto the world stage. The first win could be viewed as partially good luck but, to win two years in a row confirms our winning formula is working and is the best,” said Patrick Warmoll, managing director of Jack’s Creek.

Global Meat News 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 rib eye, fillet and sirloin highlights the quality and premium standard of beef production across the globe.

“Last year’s competition was, once again, incredibly close and 2017 will be no different as we cast the net even wider in the search for premium steak production.”

The 2017 awards categories are:

  • World’s Best Steak
  • World’s Best Steak Producer 
  • World’s Best Rib Eye Steak
  • World’s Best Fillet Steak
  • World’s Best Sirloin Steak
  • World’s Best Grass-fed Steak
  • World’s Best Grain-fed Steak

The closing date for this year’s competition is 9 June.  

The World Steak Challenge is presented by William Reed Business Media, the company behind World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards and The International Wine Challenge.

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