Find out who made the list in the prestigious, 2016 delicious. produce awards.

The winners of the 2016 delicious. Produce Awards in partnership with Miele were announced last night at a VIP event at Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel.

Some of Australia’s most renowned chefs and food industry leaders joined the delicious. team at the annual awards ceremony to celebrate the country’s most outstanding ingredients, inspiring small and sustainable producers, farmers’ markets, innovators, chefs and regions.

Sixteen awards were presented, including three new awards: In the Bottle, celebrating Australia’s artisan drink makers; Outstanding Design, recognising the artists and designers whose products enhance our cooking and dining experience; and Outstanding Region – Readers’ Choice award.

delicious. editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum said: “Nominations for the 2016 delicious. Produce Awards were, for the first time, opened exclusively to industry experts, and this year we received more new and exciting entries than ever before. Innovation was a big factor that set good produce apart from exceptional produce. I would like to congratulate all of our winners and gold medallists and make special mention of Melbourne producers Carla and Ann-Marie, who show no sign of slowing down and whose Holy Goat Cheese is the absolute pinnacle of Australian produce.” Carla Meurs and Ann-Marie Monda of Holy Goat Cheese were awarded Producer of the Year.

Now in its eleventh year, the delicious. Produce Awards continue to champion the best Australian produce and the people behind it, thanks to a passionate network of food industry experts who nominate outstanding produce and producers from all over Australia, and the insight of our national judging panel, state judges, experts and critics panels.

The delicious. Produce Awards gala event was hosted by Matt Moran who said: “I was once again lucky enough to be a part of the National Judging Panel for the delicious. Produce Awards. Every year I am so excited by the quality of produce. This year I tasted some of the best seafood, organic vegies and cheese I have ever tasted. As a chef, it is a really exciting time for the Australian food industry and so much of that comes down to the quality and accessibility of our produce.”

Guests at the VIP awards event were treated to an incredible menu of canapés created by The Gantry executive chef Joel Bickford and his team, inspired by the produce of the 2016 winners and gold medallists, with a premium selection of beer and wines, and a signature Shannon Bennett espresso martini from the Miele pop-up bar.

2016 DPA Gold medallists and trophy winners

From the paddock – Winner

Milking Yard Farm Sommerlad Chicken (Vic)

From the paddock – Gold medallists

Burrawong Gaian Pasture-raised Pekin Duck (NSW)
Greenvale Farm Acorn-fed Prosciutto (Vic)
Mondo Butchers & White Rocks Farm White Rocks Veal (WA)
Moorlands Biodynamic Lamb Lamb (NSW)
Papanui Open Range Eggs Open Range Eggs (NSW)
The Farm House Margaret River Arkady Lamb (WA)

From the sea – Winner

South Coast Sea Urchins
Ozi Uni Premium Grade Sea Urchin Roe (NSW)

From the sea – Gold medallists

Austral Fisheries Skull Island Tiger Prawns (WA)
Mark Eather Spanish Mackerel (Qld)
Salumi Australia Bottarga (NSW)
Walker Seafoods Australia MSC Swordfish (Qld)
Yarra Valley Caviar Brook Trout Golden Caviar (Vic)

From the earth – Winner

Transition Farm Brode Galeux d’Eysines Pumpkin (Vic)

From the earth – Gold medallists
Bunda Ginga Ground Ginger (Qld)
Champion’s Mountain Organics Cimi di Rapa (NSW)
Epicurean Harvest Certified Organic Scarlet Queen Red Stem Turnip (NSW)
Export Fresh ‘Petite Bouche’ Baby Blush Salad Turnip (NSW)
Glenora Heritage Produce Large Leaf Rocket (Vic)
Highland Gourmet Potatoes Mixed Roasting Potatoes (NSW)
Johnstone’s Kitchen Gardens Organic Radishes (NSW)
Kolophon Capers Baby Capers (SA)
Kurrawong Organics Organic Brussels Sprouts (NSW)
LíráH Grand Reserve Cabernet Vinegar (Qld)
Murray River Salt Murray River Gourmet Salt Flakes (Vic)
Pretty Produce Leaf Mixes and Edible Flowers (Qld)
Trevallie Orchard Dried Fruits (SA)
Weston Farm Smoked Paprika (Tas)

From the dairy – Winner

Section28 Artisan Cheeses
Monforte (SA)

From the dairy – Gold medallists

Barambah Organics Pure Cream (Qld)
Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese Riverine Blue (Vic)
Drysdale Cheeses Goat Milk Yoghurt (Vic)
Fleurieu Milk & Yoghurt Company Jersey Premium Unhomogenised Milk (SA)
Gundowring Finest Ice Cream Licorice Ice Cream (Vic)
Holy Goat Cheese Brigid’s Well (Vic)
L’Artisan Cheese Raclette (Vic)
Schulz Organic Dairy Organic Full Cream Milk (Vic)

Best new product – Winner
Greenvale Farm Acorn-fed Prosciutto (Vic)

In the bottle – Winner
Belgrove Distillery (Tas)

Outstanding farmers’ market – Winner
Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market (SA)

Outstanding region – Reader’s choice – Winner
The Margaret River Region (WA)

Outstanding region – Winner
Byron Bay and Hinterland (NSW)

Outstanding chef – Winner (Presented by Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel)
Matt Stone, Oakridge, Yarra Valley (Vic)

Outstanding design – Winner
Cut Throat Knives (Vic)

Outstanding innovation – Winner (Presented by Miele)
La Tortilleria (Vic)

Outstanding food store – Winner
Jarern Chai Asian Grocer and Boon Cafe, Haymarket, Sydney (NSW)

Unearthed next gen chef – Winner
Josh Lewis, Fleet, Brunswick Heads (NSW)

Maggie Beer award for outstanding contribution to Australian food – Winner
David Blackmore

Producer of the year – Winner (Presented by Miele)
Carla Meurs & Ann-Marie Monda Holy Goat Cheese (Vic)

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