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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.”
If you are wondering who got  Gary’s vote in the taste ‘steaks’ you will have to wait a while longer as all will be revealed at a special Charity Awards Night being held at Tandragee Golf Club on Friday the 30th March.

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.”

In support of excellence within the beef industry. The European Angus Cattle Society recently held a competitive steak tasting competition at the Loughry Campus, CAFRE as part of its quest to find Northern Ireland’s finest steaks, sausages and vegetable rolls. Pictured with celebrity judge in the competition, Gary Hamilton, Player Manager of Glenavon Football Club (centre) are, from left, Gary Scott, from the Canal Court Hotel in Newry who was the competition chef, Des Brady, a food technologist at CAFRE, Harry McGaffin, secretary of the European Angus Cattle Society, competition organisers and Tandragee Golf Club chef, Gary Gamble. The winners of the competition are being announced at a Charity Gala Dinner being held at the Golf Club on the 30th March.

Competition chef, Gary Scott of the Canal Court Hotel in Newry and Lesa Steele of CAFRE preparing for the start of the finals of the European Angus Steak Tasting Competition which was staged at CAFRE Loughry Campus.

Competition chef, Gary Scott, prepares to cook the six steaks that made it through to the final of the EA Steak Tasting competition.
Cooking the steaks, competition chef, Gary Scott.
Steaks cooked and ready for the taste test in the final of the European Angus Steak Tasting Competition staged at CAFRE Loughry Campus.

Celebrity judge, Gary Hamilton, Player Manager of Glenavon Football Club is about to put taste to the test in the final of the European Angus Steak Tasting Competition. Looking on are, Des Brady (left) CAFRE Loughry Campus where the competition was staged and Harry McGaffin, Secretary of the European Angus Cattle Society.

 

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