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From organic miso to gluten-free eclairs - the 2021 Sydney Royal champions changing the game.

Posted on : 29 November 2021

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has announced the results of its 2021 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show today, with the competition results indicating growth in the specialty food market, a cracker year for beef, and a changing of the guard in professional bakery.

Celebrating an array of first-time champions, the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show also welcomed an increase in product variety this year, including first-time exhibitor Rice Culture Australia, which took out Champion Specialty Product for its Organic Vintage Miso.

A traditional Japanese seasoning, miso is made from fermenting soybeans with salt and koji and was first entered into the Sydney Royal Specialty Food Show in 2019.  

Sydney Royal Specialty Food Judge and renowned food consultant Brigid Treloar said consumers seem to be more informed and knowledgeable about food, its provenances and uses, which is reflected in the products coming through judging.

“I think there is more use of products like miso in everyday cooking to enhance and add extra depth to flavours, rather than just specialist and traditional uses, like miso soup,” Brigid Treloar says.

“As consumers experiment more, they quickly realise how versatile a product like this is, to add an extra depth and dimension to foods, without dominating. More importantly, miso adds that fifth elusive flavour, umami, for both savoury and sweet foods, so it is fantastic to see such high calibre Australian made products available for consumers to explore.

“In the Specialty Foods Competition, we not only had enough entries to spread the competition over three days of judging, but we had such an interesting and diverse array of products and exhibits. It is due to this diversity that we need such an expert calibre of judges who can give constructive feedback to exhibitors - a reason many exhibitors enter is to receive expert advice on ways to improve their products.”

The competition saw a changing of the guard in Professional Bakery, with all four champions taking home the award for the first time, while Sydney’s Wholegreen Bakery won Champion Pastry for its gluten-free Chocolate Éclair, making it the first gluten-free pastry to take home the championship in Sydney Royal Fine Food history.

“The gluten-free eclair was a perfect example of a food that not only meets this allergy-free need but is also of such a good calibre in its own right that there is no need for the sort of explanation that we used to hear 'it's good for gluten-free’,” Brigid Treloar said.

The 2021 beef exhibits also shone bright this year, with 9 Gold Medals awarded across the Grass Fed and Open Beef classes which is a significant increase from the 2019 competition and a reflection of the industry bouncing back following drought and bushfires. Honouring this top quality was Stockyard Beef, which took home Champion Beef and overall Branded Meat Grand Champion.

Other highlights included impressive results within the 2021 coffee class which awards 100 per cent Australian grown coffee beans to assist in growing the industry here in Australia.

“One of the purposes of the Fine Food competition is to promote Australian agriculture, so this year, the stand-alone Coffee Competition and Chocolate & Confectionery Competitions were moved to Specialty Foods Competition, with the requirement that the beans are 100% Australian grown. We were unsure how many entries could meet this criterion; however, it was a fantastic, albeit surprising, outcome with 3 golds awarded for all Australian grown coffee!”

In addition to an array of expert Judges, the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show relies on connected industry advisors to ensure all competitions and classes are at the forefront of the Australian and global food, wine, and dairy industries. This year, the RAS is honoured to welcome chef, sustainability advocate and food consultant Tawnya Bahr to its Industry Advisory Committee to help guide the Sydney Royal Fine Food competition into the future.

2021 Sydney Royal Fine Food Champion

Specialty Foods:

Champion Sweet Preserve or Product: Springmount Fine Foods for its Quince Paste

Champion Savoury Preserve or Product: Longview Garlic for its Green Garlic Powder

Champion Specialty Product: Rice Culture for its Organic Vintage Miso

Champion Coffee: Mountain Top Coffee Estate for its Espresso

 

Branded Meats:
Champion Lamb: Margra Lamb for its Tomahawk Rack

Champion Beef: Stockyard Beef for its Stockyard Black

Branded Meat Grand Champion: Stockyard Beef for its Stockyard Black

Smallgoods & Charcuterie:
Champion Bacon: Coles Supermarket for Coles Australian Streaky Bacon

Champion Ham: Stapleton Family Meats Gymea for its Easy Carve Leg Ham

Champion Salami Type Products: Puopolo Artisan Salumi for its Finocchiona. VIC

Champion Dried/Cured Products: Sydney Small Goods for its Curing and Spicy Basturma

Champion Other Charcuterie Products: Sunshine meats for its Smoked Duck Breast

Champion Fresh Sausage: La Boqueria for its Txistorra

Pasta:
Champion Fresh Pasta: The Natural Pasta House for its Ricotta & Spinach Gnocchi

Champion Dried Pasta: Not Awarded

Champion Filled Pasta: Bianco Kitchen for its Mushroom & Porcini Ravioli

Champion Noodle: Not Awarded

 

Professional Bakery:
Champion Bread: Kalgoorlie Country Bakers for its Parmesan and Cracked Pepper Sourdough Loaf

Champion Cake: Sacrebleu! Caneles and Co Pty Ltd for its Sacrebleu! The Original Rum and Organic Vanilla Canele

Champion Biscuit: Moreish Menu for its Garlic and Rosemary Lavosh Shards

Champion Pastry: Wholegreen Bakery for its Gluten-Free Chocolate Éclair

 

Oil & Olives:
Champion Boutique Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
Gooramadda Olives for its Hardys Mammoth Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Champion Single Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Commercial Volume): Chapman River Olives for its Chapman River Robust, Picual.

Champion Blended Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Commercial Volume): Rio Vista Olives for its Gigi Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Champion Flavoured or Culinary Oil: Rio Vista Olives for its Chilli Pressed Olive Oil.

Champion Table Olives: Gooramadda Olives for its Gooramadda Olives Medley.

Full results (including Gold, Silver & Bronze medals) are available here.

 

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