Cooks take out steak comp

TASTERS: Whangara Farms general manager Richard Scholefield (pictured) and newly-elected district councillor Kerry Worsnop (see the following photo in this gallery) were among the judges who decided the winners in this year’s Steak of Station competition. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Councillor Kerry Worsnop.

The top steak in the Silver Fern Farms Steak of Station competition at the Spring Show was produced on Makaretu Station at Rere, and Philip and Deana Cook were thrilled about it.

They took out the top prize yesterday after the tasting component of the competition held in the Farmers Air pavilion at Showgrounds Park.

The couple’s two-year-old Angus steer entry had earlier in the week taken out both the “on the hoof” and the “on the hook” sections of the competition from the 46 entries.
Makaretu Station’s entry scored 30.27 points in the taste test, followed by Simon and Linda Hyland from Taaheke Station in second place on 27.64 points and Mike Cooney from Parikanapa Station on 26.64.

“The tasting judges said there was a clear winner right the way through. They definitely had a favourite,” said competition organiser Silver Fern Farms livestock rep Paul Kirkpatrick.
“The competition went really well and we were really happy,” Mr Kirkpatrick said. “We were well supported and the quality of the entries reflected the kind winter we’ve had.”

Whangara Farms general manager Richard Scholefield, who had a steak in the final and was one of the tasting judges, said the Cooks’ steak was a “clear winner”.
“The taste and tenderness was there. Their steak was outstanding.”

Philip Cook said he and his wife were “really honoured” to win the final.
“It was a big surprise to be honest.
“We’ve had a really good season and the animals are in really good condition,” Mr Cook said.

The couple entered the competition two years ago and made the top 10.
“It was a real thrill to win it this time.”

The top steak in the Silver Fern Farms Steak of Station competition at the Spring Show was produced on Makaretu Station at Rere, and Philip and Deana Cook were thrilled about it.

They took out the top prize yesterday after the tasting component of the competition held in the Farmers Air pavilion at Showgrounds Park.

The couple’s two-year-old Angus steer entry had earlier in the week taken out both the “on the hoof” and the “on the hook” sections of the competition from the 46 entries.
Makaretu Station’s entry scored 30.27 points in the taste test, followed by Simon and Linda Hyland from Taaheke Station in second place on 27.64 points and Mike Cooney from Parikanapa Station on 26.64.

“The tasting judges said there was a clear winner right the way through. They definitely had a favourite,” said competition organiser Silver Fern Farms livestock rep Paul Kirkpatrick.
“The competition went really well and we were really happy,” Mr Kirkpatrick said. “We were well supported and the quality of the entries reflected the kind winter we’ve had.”

Whangara Farms general manager Richard Scholefield, who had a steak in the final and was one of the tasting judges, said the Cooks’ steak was a “clear winner”.
“The taste and tenderness was there. Their steak was outstanding.”

Philip Cook said he and his wife were “really honoured” to win the final.
“It was a big surprise to be honest.
“We’ve had a really good season and the animals are in really good condition,” Mr Cook said.

The couple entered the competition two years ago and made the top 10.
“It was a real thrill to win it this time.”

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