An Irish bred fillet steak has been crowned the World’s Best Fillet at the World Steak Challenge 2019, held on Wednesday 10th July at The Mansion House, Dublin.
The grass fed Angus cross reared fillet steak from Limerick was produced and entered by ABP Cahir Ireland, and is available in Aldi supermarkets nationwide.
The award is Ireland’s first ever category title in the annual competition.
On the night, ABP Cahir secured 18 medals in total, including six golds, four silver and eight bronze medals. In total, 15 Irish producers came home with a record total of 75 medals.
Silver and bronze medals went to the Redmond Family Farm, which took silver for a grass fed rib eye Angus cross raised in Craanford, Wexford. The farm also won bronze for a grass-fed sirloin. Both steaks are served at the Ashdown Park Hotel, Wexford. This is the first year the farm has entered the competition.
Aldi won a total of four titles at the awards, with its Specially Selected Irish Angus Ribeye Steaks, Specially Selected Irish Angus Dry Aged Ribeye Steaks and Specially Selected Irish Angus Dry Aged Striploin Steaks winning gold, silver and bronze medals respectively. Each steak is supplied by ABP Cahir.
Commenting, John Curtin, Group Buying Director, said: “Our Bord Bia Quality Assured Irish steaks have long been a customer favourite. We’ve always believed in backing Irish meat, so we are delighted to see our fillet steak voted the best in the world. At Aldi, families can treat themselves to delicious, premium quality cuts of meat without spending a fortune.”
Finland secured the overall championship title for a second year running with a grass fed rib eye produced by JN Meat International of Denmark.
Aidan Fortune, editor of Global Meat News which organised the event, said: “This is Ireland’s first category win in the competition with a real quality steak. This was an extraordinarily close competition and ABP Cahir came very close to the overall winner.”
Chair of the judges Richie Wilson, Executive Head Chef of host venue Fire Restaurant in Dublin, said: “It was a remarkably pretty steak. It had a perfect strip of fat running along the edge and was delicately marbled. This was a picture-perfect fillet with all the flavour to back it up.”
Eoin Ryan of ABP Ireland said: “ABP Ireland is delighted to have achieved this great success for our certified Irish Angus Fillet especially given the huge number of entries. We supply this premium steak to retail and food service customers in Ireland and Europe.”