Central Coast family butchery Edwards Family Butchery has been unveiled as the Champion of the Deli Meats class at the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW’s prestigious Taste of Excellence Awards held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.
The Edwards’ have won for their Chilli Con Carne entry in the Champion Gourmet Sausage Class through their Woy Woy premises.
The Edwards family had in previous years won a silver and bronze medal in the same competition, but had never been declared Champion.
The Edwards family’s links to the meat industry stretch back to the early 1900s and then 12 year old apprentice butcher Jack Edwards. The family later famously established shops across Sydney’s North Shore, Round Corner in northwest Sydney and now the Central Coast.
The Taste of Excellence Awards is the culmination of months of intense judging by local and international experts.
Categories that made up the 2017 Taste of Excellence Awards included Beef, Lamb, Chocolate, Beer and Cider, Deli Meats, Regional Food, Pasta, Olive Oil and for the very first time, Pork.
Champion in the Pork category was West Australian entry Food Security International for its Black Label Berkshire, Berkshire Silver.
Overall a total of 112 Gold, 525 Silver and 390 Bronze medals were awarded across all categories and classes.
Chair of the Sydney Royal Wine and Fine Food Committee Ms Lyndey Milan OAM says the level of national interest and quality of entries each year is proof of the prestige of the Taste of Excellence Awards.
“Sydney Royal standards are extremely high and the number of medals awarded is proof that Australian producers are continuing to turn out world class product, providing potential business growth both at home and internationally.
“It is pleasing to see that Australian companies are concentrating on quality and imagination in what they are producing. We see that not only at the Sydney Royal Easter Show each year in an ever increasing list of animal breeds and food varietals, but in each of our Sydney Royal competitions,” Ms Milan said.
“Judges spoke of the complexity and innovation in Australian chocolates submitted to the Taste of Excellence Awards as just one example,” she said.
Champions from the individual categories will now be eligible for assessment for the RAS’ ultimate accolade, the President’s Medal, to be announced at a gala dinner at the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show.