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Taste is put to the test in the 2015 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish

16th February 2015

The heats of the 2015 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish have taken place at CAFRE Loughry Campus in Cookstown and category winners will now go head-to-head in the final on March 9 when celebrity chef and food writer, Paula McIntyre, will select the ‘Supreme Champion’ steak.

Paula has the job of selecting the overall winner from the various class winners in the two categories, those with under 15 employees and those with more than 15 employees.

There are three classes in the two categories – best sirloin steak, best fillet steak and best rib-eye and like the heats, the final, which again will take place at CAFRE Loughry Campus, will be carried out as a blind tasting.

The six steaks that have made it through to the final will be prepared by competition chef, Gary Scott of Sally McNally’s Restaurant in Portadown.

“This is the fifth year of the event and the second year that leading animal nutrition company, Devenish, has been on board as competition sponsor,” confirmed European Angus Cattle Society Secretary, Harry McGaffin.

“The competition is a tremendous platform for showcasing excellence and the quality of our local food produce and the fact that the produce entered can be sourced from all breeds of cattle adds to the significance of the whole event,” added Devenish Marketing Manager, Simon Caughey.

On March 9 the beef sausages, gourmet beef sausages, beefburgers and added value beef products that have been entered in this year’s competition will also be judged.

“Added value beef products is a new category in this year’s competition and to help the Young Farmers Club members tasked with the job of judging these categories we have invited along a panel of judges from the Women’s Institute,” continued Harry.

The winners of all classes along with the ‘Supreme Champion’ will be revealed at a special Gala Dinner and Awards presentation evening being held at the Bannville House Hotel in Banbridge on Saturday, March 21.

Participants and officials at the 2015 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish and held at CAFRE Loughry Campus, Cookstown.
Seated (from left) are, Des Brady, CAFRE, Stephen Agnew, ruminant nutritionist, of competition sponsors, Devenish, Gary Scott, competition chef, Harry McGaffin, secretary of the European Angus Cattle Society and Simon Caughey, marketing manager of Devenish.

Pictured at the 2015 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish are, from left, Stephen Agnew, ruminant nutritionist, Devenish, Padraic Gilligan, Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats, Roscommon, Brendan Gallagher, Gallagher’s Butchers, Castlefin, Donegal, Simon Caughey, marketing manager, Devenish, Harry McGaffin, secretary of the European Angus Cattle Society and Seamus Gallagher, of Gallagher’s Butchers, Bakery and Deli, Strabane. 

Putting taste to the test are, from left, Kevin Pyke and Joe McGinnis from Glebe Wagyu and Graham Park and Warren Montgomery from Park Butchers, Newtownhamilton.

Judging the fillet steaks are, from left, Daniel and Kevin Lowe from Lowe Bros Butchers, Stewartstown, Rory O’Kane, O’Kane Meats, Claudy, Phil Walker, MA Quail, Dromore and Gary Irvine, Irvine’s Family Butchers, Maguiresbridge, County Fermanagh.

Judging the Rib-eye steaks at the 2015 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish, are, from left, Ciaran Donald, ABP Meats, Stephen Agnew, ruminant nutritionist, Devenish, Simon Caughey, marketing manager, Devenish, Dean Irwin, Greenmount Farm Shop, Richhill, Keith Dougan, Ballymoran Meats, Armagh and Stephen Millar, Millar Meats, Irvinestown.

Getting the tasting underway at the 2015 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish are, from left, Joel Montgomery, Modern Meats, Portadown, Harry McGaffin, secretary, European Angus Cattle Society, Simon Caughey, marketing manager of competition sponsors, Devenish and Dean Irwin, Greenmount Farm Shop, Richhill.

Competition chef, Gary Scott, centre with Harry McGaffin, secretary of European Angus, left and Des Brady of CAFRE Loughry Campus.



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