May 13 2014
NZ Beef and Lamb’s prestigious STEAK OF ORIGIN competition concluded in Fielding last night with a gala dinner and the top 20 sirloin steaks in the competition were taste tested by celebrity chefs.
Lake Farm Beef were delighted to not only to be placed first in the Best of British section with their Angus entry, but also to take out the top prize of Grand Champion.
“Its such a prestigious competition – we were delighted just to have made the semi finals – especially when three out of our four entries got through to the semis” said Colin Brown, owner of Lake Farm Beef. “It shows that we are in the top 20% of New Zealand’s elite beef. But then to get to the finals and ultimately be Grand Champion is beyond words”
Lake Farm Beef is an artisan beef producer, breeding and raising cattle on the shores of Lake Karapiro – selling their beef directly to consumers through their web sitewww.lakefarmbeef.co.nz. “We are different from most cattle farmers because we breed specifically for meat quality”. Our beef is ethically raised – it’s very important to us – and we think its important to our customers too” Its much more then a “farm to plate” operation – we think of it as being “from conception to consumption” said Colin. “For the quality of our beef to be recognised in this way is very humbling.”
Lake Farm Beef have now made the final 20 in four of the last six years, and the semi finals five out of the last six years. “It is the consistency which excites us the most” said Colin. Hopefully it gives customers confidence in the quality of our beef, and is why we enter this event” says Colin.
Lake Farm Beef have a new project under development – to turn some of their award winning beef into hand held gourmet pies. “We are partnering with the best pie manufacturer in the country – using our beef – and our exciting recipes to produce some outstanding pies”. says Colin. “Its very exciting – for the first time in New Zealand consumers can eat pies and know where the beef comes from, and that it’s award winning. The pie project has it’s own web site – www.lakefarmpies.co.nz