The winners of the 2019 delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards, the country’s most prestigious food industry event, were announced overnight at a gala ceremony at the State Theatre in Sydney.
Some of Australia’s most renowned chefs and food industry leaders joined the delicious. team and finalists at the annual awards ceremony. Now in its 14th year, the delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards celebrate the country’s new, innovative, native and consistently outstanding Australian ingredients grown, caught, sourced or produced with dedication, passion, knowledge and regard for the environment.
delicious. editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum said:
“The delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards not only influence what you may see on restaurant menus for the next year to come, but most importantly give credit to the people who care for the produce that lands on our plates. It has never been more important to get behind our farmers and small producers. They need our help. I thank all of the judges for the time and passion they give to these awards, and congratulations to this year’s winners.”
Seventeen awards, 16 trophies, and 30 gold medals were presented, with each of the winners across the four major categories (From the Dairy, From the Earth, From the Paddock and From the Sea) decided by the National Judging Panel, and considered for the overall Producer of the Year Award presented by Harvey Norman, which was last night awarded to Bruce Collis for his Seasonal Wild Caught Fish (VIC).
Harvey Norman executive chairman Gerry Harvey said:
“Congratulations to all the winners of the delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards. Luckily I didn’t have to be on the judging panel. It would be almost impossible to determine whose produce is the best – the standard and quality of the finalists’ produce is extraordinary.
“Tonight we applaud the winners – you are truly the best of the best, but tomorrow we need to turn our applause into action. We need to buy from these wonderful producers and all the finalists. Do our homework; who do they supply and where are they stocked? We need to build their market – it will not only raise the standard of the food served on our kitchen and restaurant tables, it will improve our health. It is that important.”
“Fresh produce is everything – if it is locally grown, even better. Our quality of life depends on the skill and experience of our producers – without them our markets, restaurants, supermarkets and kitchen tables are empty.
“Our Harvey Norman partnership with the delicious. Produce Awards is a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate those who make food and cooking possible. Top-quality produce provides nutrition as well as the pleasure of cooking for family and friends.
However, the contribution of our producers runs deeper – farmers and their produce create jobs in the journey from paddock to plate and improve our community health standards.
“Our economy and Australian way of life depends on the extraordinary contribution of our producers.”
DELICIOUS. HARVEY NORMAN PRODUCE AWARDS 2019 GOLD MEDALLISTS AND TROPHY WINNERS