Albers wins first ever World Steak Challenge with Australian bred Wagyu

The winner of the first ever World Steak Challenge was Frank Albers of Albers GMBH, Australia. He is pictured with GMN editor Rod Addy (left) and the producer from Jack's Creek, NSW
The winner of the first ever World Steak Challenge was Frank Albers of Albers GMBH, Australia. He is pictured with GMN editor Rod Addy (left) and the producer from Jack's Creek, NSW

Albers GMBH has announced the world’s best steak producer with a Wagyu cross reared in Australia.

The winning steak was from an animal bred on Willow Tree Farm by Jack’s Creek and was entered into the competition by Albers GMBH from Dusseldorf, Germany.

The global challenge, which recognises Gold and Silver Medal steak quality, is presented by Global Meat News. The winners were announced before an audience of 150 invited guests in London’s Hyde Park on October 15th after a day of intensive judging.

Entries in the first ever World Steak Challenge were received from 10 countries, seven of them securing Gold medals. They are Australia (four gold medals), Canada (one), England (two), Japan (one), Northern Ireland (one), Scotland (one), USA (one).

The expert international judging panel shortlisted 11 gold medal award winning steaks from a long list of 70. There are also 17 silver medal winners.

Announcing the overall winner, Global Meat News Editor Rod Addy said: “Whilst the standard of steak was by no means tough, the judging process definitely was. It was a very difficult decision, but our congratulations go to Albers for the Wagyu cross.”

“Whilst the standard of steak was by no means tough, the judging process definitely was. It was a very difficult decision, but our congratulations go to Albers for the Wagyu cross.”

Frank Albers, owner of Albers Gmbh

Frank Albers, owner of Albers Gmbh said: “It has been quite a journey and is the culmination of 15 years seeking steak perfection. The steak we entered was quite unique. Our Wagyu contains just the right amount of marbling and is very heat resistant which helps when cooking.”

The winning steak was 30 months old and 450 days grain fed.

Chair of the judges, award-winning Northern Ireland butcher George McCartney said: “It was a very difficult decision, but this competition is very good for the steak industry and the beef industry in general. We saw quite a lot of Angus amongst the Gold winners.”

The 11 gold medal winning steaks are:

Australia

World’s Best Steak – Jack’s Creek Wagyu Angus cross, 450 days grain fed, entered by Albers GMBH.

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Branded Beef, Brisbane – 24 months old Wagyu Cross. Raised on grass, finished on grain.

Whyalla Farm, Queensland – 22 months Black Angus, 200 day grain fed. Entered by Jan Zandbergen b.v (Netherlands).

Rangers Valley Cattle Station – 27 months Angus grain fed raised in Inverell, New South Wales.

Canada

One Earth Farms Corp - 16 months Angus. Range raised, grain finished with barley and Barley silage

England

Flat Iron Farm, Thirsk, Yorkshire – 46 months Pure Bred Dexter, raised for three summers on grass then barley, sugar wheat silage. Entered by Flat Iron, Soho.

Blade Farming, Somerset – 21 months Aberdeen Angus Cross, raised on grass haylage, rye grass/white clover mix pasture, grassed on perennial rye grass/red clover/Lucerne silage (alfalfa). Entered by Miller and Carter (Mitchells and Butlers plc).

Japan

Kato Farm - 28 months Japanese Black Wagyu. Grass/grain fed. Entered by Nice to Meat.

Northern Ireland

Mr H Millar – 29 months shorthorn, raised on grass, Entered by Hannan Meats.

Scotland

J Thompson – 18 months Aberdeen Angus raised on straw,oats, pot ale syrup and maise mill. Entered by Scotbeef Ltd.

USA

Eleven Mill Iron Ranch, Sumner, Nebraska – 20 months Black Angus. Milk raised until eight months, pasture grazed nine months (alfalfa, wild grasses) and grain finished (corn, distillers grains, silage, alfalfa).

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