Sharp shooter Gary Hamilton aims to score for charity as a judge in European Angus Steak Tasting competition
12th March 2012
Glenavon Player Manager, Gary Hamilton, is used to scoring in front of goals but recently he has been scoring in front of some of the finest steaks in the country as the celebrity judge in the 2012 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition.
Gary was called in to do the tasting honours in the finals of the European Angus sponsored competition which is fast becoming recognised as one of the most prestigious events in the beef sector calendar.
Open to farmers, butchers, retailers and processors the competition aims to find the best Fillet steak, Sirloin steak and Rib-Eye steak in Northern Ireland.
“The blind tasting of the steaks has already taken place at CAFRE, Loughry Campus in Cookstown with representatives of the various competitors involved in the heat tests,” explained European Angus Cattle Society Secretary, Harry McGaffin. “On Monday night it was down to Gary to deliver his verdict on each of the finalists in all steak categories.”
This is the second year the competition has been held although this year the European Angus Cattle Society has added beef sausages, gourmet sausages and vegetable roll categories to the event.
“In the Steak Tasting Competition there are two categories,” added Harry. “Steaks that have been entered by those with under 15 employees on their books and those with more than 15 employees.”
Tickets are already on sale for the Charity Gala Dinner and Awards presentation evening priced at £20.
A four course dinner and entertainment is being provided and on the night an auction and raffle will also be held in aid of the European Angus Cattle Society’s chosen charity, the Northern Ireland Children’s Cancer Unit Fund. (NICCUF).
“We managed to raise a total of £1,205 for NICCUF at last year’s Dinner and we are hoping to improve on that this year,” added Harry McGaffin.
“Being a judge in the European Angus Steak Tasting Competition was a very pleasant experience,” said Gary Hamilton. “A difficult job coming up with an overall winner but then someone has got to do it!
“The competition itself is highly regarded within the beef sector and the European Angus accolades are highly sought after but there’s also an important Charity element to it all with an auction and raffle held in aid of the Northern Ireland Children’s Cancer Unit Fund during the Awards presentation evening.”