Polish steaks better than British

By Nicholas Robinson

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World class: top steak in the world is from Poland (not pictured)
World class: top steak in the world is from Poland (not pictured)

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Poland was announced the world’s best steak producer, above any other nation, at the annual World Steak Challenge awards earlier this month.

The winning sirloin steak came from a grain-fed heifer bred by F&M Frackowiak, which was entered into the competition by global meat processor ABP.

ABP entered another steak into the competition, with both steaks winning four awards, as well as the championship title.

The competition, organised by The Morning Advertiser ​sister title Global Meat News​, recognises meat at three standards – gold, silver and bronze.

Best grass-fed steak

Best grass-fed steak was awarded to Martin's Meats for its rib-eye, produced by Hill View Farm in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Best rib-eye was awarded to ABP Poland and best fillet to 2015 and 2016 overall champion, Jack’s Creek of New South Wales, Australia.

In total there were 10 gold medal-winning steaks, including Australia (2), Brazil (1), England (2), Ireland (2), Northern Ireland (2), Poland (2), Scotland (1), Spain (2) and the US (1).

Steaks entered into the awards were judged by an expert panel of 25, who shortlisted the winners from more than 120 entries.

There were also 19 silver medals awarded and 33 bronze medal winners.

World-renowned butcher

Chair of judges, and world-renowned butcher, Marco Peerdeman said: “We focused on how the steaks taste, taking into account their tenderness. Those that got it right jumped out at you. The steaks were definitely high this year.

“It’s interesting for us [the judges] with the different categories as different cuts have different qualities, so we had to take that into account.”

Global Meat News ​editor Rod Addy said: “The sheer range and quality of entries this year is a testament to the hard work put in by producers across the globe.

“This year’s challenge attracted a record number of entries, reflecting the pride producers take in their product and the eagerness to win an accolade which will propel their business and their brand.”

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