The World Steak Challenge came back in Novemeber 2021 after a missed year due to Covid lockdowns. As a judge I was surprised how many countries entered and how fierce the competition remains dispite the obstacles that had to be overcome due to various lockdowns around the world. The gala awards show that wrapped up the 2019 event was sadly missing, but nevertheless the contest was a stunning success and the organisers and hosts should be thanked for all their hard work.
The contest was again held at Dublin’s iconic Fire restaurant and I’d like to pass on a special thanks to Head Chef Richie Wilson who does such a great job to organise his staff to make such a complex event run smoothly.
Entrants to the contest have to follow strict guidelines and send a whole sirloin, fillet or ribeye which is then cut up into steaks the day before and labelled. During the daytime 9.30am-4pm all the steaks are judged and then awarded medals based on their overall score. Each steak is numbered so we judges do not know which country the steak comes from. In the evening time, those medal winning steaks are judged a second time by a different panel of judges to arrive at an overall World Champion.
2021 World Steak Champion
Eventually, the judging process gets done to 3 steaks, 1 sirloin 1 fillet and 1 ribeye. From that, one is judged to be the best in the world for 2021.
World’s Best Steak, Best Sirloin & Best Grass Fed again goes to a producer in Finland, JN Meat International. who retained the World championship title with their grass and chocolate fed Ayrshire breed raised in Finland.
The best fillet goes to Jack’s Creek, an Australia grain fed fillet and the Best Rib Eye & Grain Fed also goes to Jack’s Creek who consistantly score high in this contest. For the rest of the gold, silver and bronze medal results go here. or you can watch in more detail the video of the contest and study tour.