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Modern Meats ‘steak’ claim to best beef in 2014 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish Nutrition

17th March 2014

Portadown-based Modern Meats has ‘steaked’ claim to the best beef in Northern Ireland by lifting the title of Supreme Champion in the 2014 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish Nutrition.

As well as picking up the Supreme Champion Award at the Charity Gala Dinner and Awards presentation evening staged at the Bannville House Hotel in Banbridge the County Armagh company also won best Fillet steak in the under-15 employees category of the Provincewide event.

It was the first time the company had entered the competition and Joel Montgomery who collected the award for the family butchers said he was “absolutely delighted”.

The award for best Sirloin steak in the under-15 employees category went to Tener Brothers Family Butchers from Clogher while the best Rib-eye steak award in this category went to Millar Meats from Irvinestown.

In the over-15 employees category Dungannon-based Dunbia took the honours for best Fillet steak while Clogher Valley Meats won best Sirloin steak and also lifted the title for best Rib-eye steak.

R & J Family Butchers from Carrickfergus came first in the under-15 employees class for best traditional beef sausage while Park Butchers took the top spot for best gourmet beef sausage. The best beefburger in this class also went to Graham Park from Park Butchers.

In the over-15 employees category Clogher Valley Meats scored an impressive double lifting the title for best traditional beef sausage and best gourmet beef sausage. Gourmet Island from Newry was awarded best beefburger in this class.

The overall Champion title in the traditional beef sausage class went to R & J Family Butchers from Carrickfergus while Clogher Valley Meats took the honours in the gourmet beef sausage class. Meanwhile, Park Butchers was named Beefburger Champion.

Commenting on the 2014 Awards, European Angus Cattle Society Secretary, Harry McGaffin said: “We are absolutely delighted with the response to this year’s competition.
“Once again numbers are up and we have had entries from all over the Province.”

This is the fourth year of the competition which for the first time had the support of a sponsor, Belfast-based agri-technology company, Devenish Nutrition.
Simon Caughey of Devenish Nutrition said: “Devenish Nutrition is delighted to have sponsored the Steak Tasting Competition.
“The standard of entries was exceptional and the record number of entries shows how proud the entrants are of their produce.
“We would like to congratulate all the winners on their successes and hope it helps to promote their businesses further.”

Whilst organised by the European Angus Cattle Society the competition is open to the producers, processors and suppliers of all breeds of cattle.

Held at CAFRE Loughry campus the judging is undertaken as blind tastings.
Head judge this year was Michele Shirlow, CEO of Food NI whilst the judging of the traditional beef sausage, gourmet beef sausage and beefburgers was carried out by members of Collone Young Farmers Club.

As well as announcing the winners an auction and raffle was held in aid of the European Angus Cattle Society’s chosen charity, ‘the Make A Wish Foundation’.
A total of £1,610 was raised on the night.

As part of that tremendous fund-raising effort guests at the Gala Dinner were able to bid to have the Supreme Champion steaks served up for four people at Coco Restaurant in Belfast. Also up for auction was dinner for four at Sally McNally’s Restaurant in Portadown with European Angus Great Taste Award Winning Steaks from Hannan Meats on the menu. At the County Armagh restaurant the steaks will be cooked by Gary Scott, the European Angus Steak Tasting Competition chef.

2014 AWARD WINNERS

Supreme Champion Steaks: Modern Meats, Portadown
Over 15 Employees Category – Best Fillet: Dunbia, Dungannon
Best Sirloin: Clogher Valley Meats, Clogher
Best Rib-eye: Clogher Valley Meats, Clogher

Under 15 Employees Category – Best Fillet: Modern Meats, Portadown
Best Sirloin: Tener Brothers Family Butchers, Clogher
Best Rib-eye: Millar Meats, Irvinestown

Overall Champion beef sausage: R & J Family Butchers, Carrickfergus
Overall Champion gourmet beef sausage: Clogher Valley Meats, Clogher
Overall Champion beefburger: Park Butchers, Newtownhamilton

Over-15 Employees Category – Best beef sausage: Clogher Valley Meats, Clogher
Best gourmet beef sausage: Clogher Valley Meats, Clogher
Best beefburger: Gourmet Island, Newry

Under-15 Employees Category – Best beef sausage: R & J Family Butchers, Carrickfergus
Best gourmet beef sausage: Park Butchers, Newtownhamilton
Best beefburger:  Park Butchers, Newtownhamilton

 

Award winners and officials pictured at the 2014 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish Nutrition, from left to right, Harry McGaffin, Secretary of the European Angus Cattle Society; Michele Shirlow, CEO of Food NI and head judge; Graham Park, Park Butchers, Newtownhamilton; Joel Montgomery of Modern Meats, Portadown, winner of the Supreme Champion Award Steaks; Jordan Neill, R & J Family Butchers, Carrickfergus, Marc Tierney, Clogher Valley Meats and Simon Caughey of competition sponsors, Devenish Nutrition.

Head judge, Michele Shirlow, centre, CEO of Food NI with Valerie Bowden of Tener Family Butchers, Clogher, winner of the best Sirloin Steak in the under-15 employees category and Stephen Millar of Millar Meats, Irvinestown who came third. Second place went to Angus Farm Shop, Greyabbey.

Michele Shirlow, head judge, with from left, Stephen Millar of Millar Meats, Irvinestown, winner of the best Rib-eye steak in the Under-15 employees category, Graham Park of Park Butchers, Newtownhamilton who finished second and Bertie George of Abbotts Meats, third.

Head judge, Michele Shirlow with from left, Joel Montgomery, Modern Meats, winner of the best fillet steak in the Under-15 employees category, David Weir of M & W Farm Meats, Portadown, second and Keith Dougan, Ballymoran Meats, Armagh, third. Modern Meats also picked up the Supreme Champion Steak Award on the night.

Best Sirloin steak in the Over-15 employees category was won by Clogher Valley Meats. Pictured from left are, Michele Shirlow, head judge, Kieran Meehan of Clogher Valley Meats, Seamus Gallagher of Gallagher’s Butchers, Strabane who came second and John Carson of Dunbia, third. This was also how it finished in the Over-15 employees Rib-eye category.

Best Fillet steak in the Over-15 employees category was won by Dungannon-based Dunbia. Pictured from left are, Michele Shirlow, head judge, John Carson, Dunbia, Kieran Meehan of Clogher Valley Meats, second and Seamus Gallagher of Gallagher’s Butchers, Strabane, third.

Park Butchers of Newtownhamilton won best beefburger in the Under-15 employees category. Pictured from left are, Michele Shirlow, head judge, Graham Park of Park Butchers, Stephen Millar, Millar Meats, Irvinestown who finished second and Philip Walker of MA Quail, Dromore, third.

Graham Park of Park Butchers, Newtownhamilton, winner of the best gourmet beef sausage in the Under-15 employees category pictured with head judge Michele Shirlow, left and Valerie Bowden of Tener Family Butchers who came third.

Winner of the best beef sausage in the Over-15 employees category was Clogher Valley Meats. Runner-up was Rory O’Kane, Claudy. Pictured with head judge Michele Shirlow are, Marc Tierney of Clogher Valley Meats (centre) and Rory O’Kane.

Michele Shirlow with, from left, Marc Tierney of Clogher Valley Meats, winner of the best gourmet beef sausage in the Over-15 employees category, Seamus Gallagher of Gallagher’s Butchers, Strabane who finished in second place and Rory O’Kane of Claudy, third.

Head judge Michele Shirlow with Donna Doherty of Gourmet Island, winner of the best beefburger in the Over-15 employees category, Kieran Meehan of Clogher Valley Meats, second and Rory O’Kane from Claudy, third.

Jordan Neill, centre, of R & J Family Butchers, Carrickfergus, winner of the overall Champion beef sausage title pictured with head judge, Michele Shirlow, CEO Food NI and Simon Caughey from sponsors, Devenish Nutrition.

Marc Tierney, centre, of Clogher Valley Meats, winner of the overall Champion gourmet beef sausage title pictured with head judge, Michele Shirlow, CEO of Food NI and Simon Caughey, Devenish Nutrition.

Graham Park, centre, of Park Butchers, Newtownhamilton, winner of the overall Champion beefburger title pictured with head judge, Michele Shirlow, CEO of Food NI and Simon Caughey, Devenish Nutrition.



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