'Fabulous' lamb tests celebrity judge

Celebrity chef Jo Seagar gave New Zealand lamb the thumbs up at the Meat and Wool New Zealand Lamb Awards at the Upper Clutha A&P Show on Saturday.
Celebrity chef Jo Seagar gave New Zealand lamb the thumbs up at the Meat and Wool New Zealand Lamb Awards at the Upper Clutha A&P Show on Saturday.

Celebrity chef Jo Seagar likes her lamb crunchy on the outside and pink in the middle.

But, she found that picking her favourite at the Meat and Wool New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards at the Upper Clutha A&P Show in Wanaka on Saturday was an almost impossible task.

"It was all so fabulous.

Don McRae, from Alpha Burn Station, Wanaka, won the Willis Scaife Memorial Cup at the Show with heading bitch Jet, proudly wearing her RAS Royal Event Medal.
Don McRae, from Alpha Burn Station, Wanaka, won the Willis Scaife Memorial Cup at the Show with heading bitch Jet, proudly wearing her RAS Royal Event Medal.

"When I thought I was on to a winner, the next one tasted just as good," she said.

Ms Seagar, who runs a country cooking school, kitchenware store and cafe at Oxford, didn't hesitate when asked to help judge the Glammies -- the lamb equivalent to the Steak of Origin.

The red carpet was rolled out for the glittering event, which was run by the New Zealand Beef and Lamb Marketing Bureau on behalf of Meat and Wool New Zealand.

Sixteen finalists, including eight from Southland and Otago, were selected for the judging. .

A large crowd gathered around as the judges critiqued each piece of lamb on taste, aroma, tenderness, juiciness and texture.

Forbes and Angus Cameron from Ngaputahi Station at Ashurst near Fielding were named the overall winners with their purebred Romney lamb in class one. The Camerons also won class three with a Growbulk-Romney lamb from their Ngaputahi East Farm.

John and Jean McWilliam of Tokanui won class 2 with a Romney/ Border Southdown cross lamb while Malcolm and Sue Day, from Dipton, won class 4 with a Wiltshire lamb.

The Camerons received the Glammies trophy, $2000 cash as well as 250,000 PGG Wrightson rewards points and a $1000 Swanndri voucher.

 

The Southland Times