Roscommon Angus steak – Best in Europe

Roscommon-based Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats reigned ‘Supreme’ in the 2015 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition picking up all three awards and then to cap it all was named Supreme Champion.

It was a record-breaking result achieved by Roscommon-based company winning best fillet, best sirloin and best rib-eye  and at the first time of asking also.

Proprietor, Padraic Gilligan was absolutely delighted with this outstanding result and rightly so.

According to the organisers the result sets a new benchmark in the annual competition which is now into its fifth year.

The award for best Fillet Steak in the Under 15 Employees Category went to Glebe Wagyu from Eglinton with Ballymoran Meats, Armagh coming out top in the Sirloin category and Millar Meats from Irvinestown winning the Rib-eye class in this category.

Clogher Valley Meats came first in the Over 15 Employees Traditional Beef Sausage Category while K & G McAtamney from Ballymena won Best Gourmet Beef Sausage. O’Kane Meats of Claudy lifted the title for Best Beefburger while Gallagher’s Butchers, Strabane took the top spot in the newly introduced Added Value Beef Product class in this category.

In the Under 15 Employees Category Sloan Meats from Ballymoney won the Best Traditional Beef Sausage class with R & J Family Butchers from Carrickfergus collecting the top award in the Gourmet Beef Sausage class. Abbotts Meats from Belfast took the top prize in the Beefburger class with H & J Carnduff from Newtownards finishing in top spot in the Added Value Beef Product class.

The overall Champion Beef Sausage title in the Traditional Beef Sausage class went to Clogher Valley Meats while R & J Family Butchers took the honours in the Gourmet Beef Sausage class. Meanwhile, Belfast-based Abbotts Meats took the Champion Beefburger title while H & J Carnduff from Newtownards was named Added Value Beef Product Champion.

Also in the Added Value Beef Product category Gallagher’s Quality Meat Centre in Castlefin was presented with an Outstanding Presentation Award.

European Angus Cattle Society Secretary, Harry McGaffin said once again, the standard of entries in all categories was extremely high and we were delighted with the response to the competition.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for entering and also to say a special thank-you to our guest judge this year, chef and food writer, Paula McIntyre, Des Brady and his team at CAFRE and to our sponsors, Devenish.

“It has been another tremendous year,” added Simon Caughey, Marketing Manager at Devenish Nutrition.

“We are absolutely delighted to have played our part in the staging of this prestigious competition and would like to congratulate all the winners in the various categories – it’s a tremendous achievement.”

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