We looked at the best of the best. See who made it on this year’s list.

The full list of 2016 delicious. Produce Awards State Winners 2016 were today revealed and will appear in the September issue of delicious. on sale Thursday August 11, 2016.The 2016 delicious. Produce Awards in partnership with Miele saw a new approach to the Awards’ nomination process with the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs asked to nominate the passionate producers they work so closely with. Today’s announcement of the 2016 State Winners is the result of the delicious. Produce Awards State Judges meeting to taste their way through the crop of nominees in the Earth, Dairy, Paddock and Sea categories. The State Winners will now progress to the national judging phase.

delicious. Editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum said: “Australia’s produce, producers and chefs are globally renowned for excellence. Opening nominations in 2016 exclusively to the country’s leading industry experts has meant the calibre of entries this year is unprecedented in terms of quality and innovation, including some really exciting new producers we haven’t seen on the Produce Awards stage before. This year we have also introduced a drink and dine category, as well as a special Readers’ Choice award that saw thousands of Australians nominate their favourite Australian food region in the Outstanding Region – Readers’ Choice Award. The votes are in and with over 80 regions nominated it’s a very close race!” The winner of the Readers’ Choice Award will be announced on the night with all other 2016 awards.

Tasmanian State Judge Paul West said: “I have long been a huge fan of the delicious. Produce Awards and the important job the awards does in bringing the very best Australian producers into the spotlight and giving them the recognition and publicity they deserve. Our restaurants and diverse food scene here in Australia is only as good as the produce that is now so readily available. I am absolutely humbled to have been a part of the Tasmanian State Judging panel and congratulate all the Tasmanian State Winners.”

The State Winners are blind-tasted by a national panel of judges who decide the overall category winners, revealed at a special event in Sydney on September 12, along with additional awards judged by our critics’ panel, including: Producer of the Year (presented by Miele); Outstanding Chef (presented by Pier One Sydney Harbour); Unearthed Next Gen Chef; Outstanding Innovation (presented by Miele); Outstanding Region; the Maggie Beer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Food and the new awards for 2016, In the Bottle, Outstanding Design and the Readers’ Choice award for Outstanding Region.

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2016 deliciousProduce Awards State Winners:


From the dairy:

Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese Riverine Blue
Drysdale Cheeses Goat Milk Yoghurt
Gundowring Finest Ice Cream Licorice Ice Cream
Holy Goat Cheese Brigid’s Well
L’Artisan Cheese Raclette
Schulz Organic Dairy Organic Full Cream Milk
Schulz Organic Dairy Organic Pure Cream
Shaw River Buffalo Cheese Natural Buffalo Milk Yoghurt
Stone and Crow Cheese Company Ninety Nine

From the earth:

Burrum Biodynamics Demeter Certified Biodynamic French Green Lentils
Glenora Heritage Produce Large Leaf Rocket
Harcourt Apples Harcourt Vintage Pear Cider Vinegar
King Valley Walnuts Walnut Kernels
La Tortilleria Nixtamal Corn Tortilla
Mount Zero Olives Biodynamic Olive Leaf Tea
Murray River Salt Murray River Gourmet Salt Flakes
Saluté Oliva Kalamata Olives
The Fermentary Raw Smoky Jalapeno Kraut
Transition Farm Brode Galeux d’Eysines Pumpkin

From the paddock:

Great Ocean Ducks Free-range Pekin Duck
Greenvale Farm Acorn-fed Prosciutto
McIvor Farm Pork
Milking Yard Farm Sommerlad Chicken
Myrrhee Premium Boer Goats Capretto
Real Eggs Eggs
Sher Wagyu Black Label F1 Rib-eye
Three Rivers Specialty Meat Co. Premium Saltbush Lamb
Warialda Belted Galloways 100% Grass-fed Belted Galloway Beef

From the sea:

Seabounty Live Chilled Mussels
Snowy River Station Beach Bananas
Yarra Valley Caviar Brook Trout Golden Caviar