Farmers, butchers, retailers and industry leaders gathered in Christchurch last night to celebrate the best flavours, styles and cooking innovations at the tenth annual New Zealand Pork, Bacon and Ham Awards, announced last night at a gala dinner at Christchurch’s Sudima Hotel.
The competition provided over 50 pork retailers from across the country with the platform to present the very best of their New Zealand born and raised pork products.
This year’s awards hosted a record 223 entries, showcasing outstanding products from nine categories, divided among five bacon, two ham and two pork classes.
The winners announced last night included the presentation of this year’s supreme winners: Cameron Harrison Butchery (Bacon), Aussie Butcher New Lynn (Ham) and Grey Lynn Butchers (Pork).
New Zealand Pork General Manager Sonya Matthews says over the past ten years the competition has grown into a nationally recognised event.
“We are extremely pleased with the record number of entrants this year – especially because it is the competition’s tenth consecutive year.
“The number of entrants has progressively grown year-after-year, and we could not be happier with the quality of produce that is submitted.” she says.
Head judge and chef at Wellington’s Brentwood Hotel, Glenn Curphey, says this year’s standard was outstanding.
“There was a lot of craftsmanship and creativity displayed. The sheer number of entries tells us that there are a lot of people around the country who take a lot of pride in what they do and what they’re selling.”
Earlier this month, New Zealand Pork introduced the new Born and Raised in New Zealand pork labels for local retailers. Products carrying this label provide the assurance for Kiwi consumers that they are sourced from pigs that were born and raised with care by New Zealand farmers.