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ROYAL TASMANIAN FINE FOOD AWARDS 

THE ROYAL TASMANIAN FINE FOOD AWARDS

Each year the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania (RAST) hosts the annual Royal Tasmanian Fine Food Awards. This event brings many judges from all over Australia (local and interstate), together to find our country’s best produce! 

 

Established in 1995, our Fine Food Awards is one of the most respected and longest running food awards in Australia. Although running for over 24 years, we aim to continue evolving to keep up with the ever-changing trends of the Australian food industry, consumer tastes and needs by considering new classes and sections. 

We aim to promote and encourage excellence in the Australian food industry by providing a quality bench-marking system that enables fine food producers to assess the quality of their products against their contemporaries and competitors. We encourage feedback and it is not unusual to see manufacturers approaching these awards as a learning exercise, growing and adjusting each year in an effort to improve and ultimately achieve gold, champion and reserved champion of selected categories.

In its 25th Year, the Royal Tasmanian Fine Food Awards committee has finalised its plans for this year’s Awards season. 

 

This year sees the awards held in sections across five months of the year. This allows for more seasonality of entries, closer attention to individual categories, and a more COVID safe approach, compared to one big event as the Awards were previously configured.

 

The name change from Royal Hobart to Royal Tasmanian Fine Food Awards also reflects a greater directional change led by RAST, the committee, industry partners, and feedback from producers and sponsors. The Awards are a significant food industry event, attracting entries from every corner of Tasmania, and all parts of Australia.​

2022 BRAND AMBASSADOR: PETER KURUVITA

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We are so excited to have renowned chef and restaurateur Peter Kuruvita joining up with The Royal Tasmanian Fine Food Awards as its Brand Ambassador for 2022!

Peter an award-winning chef and restaurateur, has expanded his career to encompass the roles of TV presenter, author, industry speaker, tour guide and food and beverage consultant. Just recently completing another tour of Tasmania. His passion for food and produce is a complimentary match to the awards. 

“I am so happy to be part of these prestigious awards. I have just spent 10 days travelling around Tasmania sampling as much of the amazing produce that this island has to offer, and it is superb. I was so impressed with the quality of produce and passion of the producers, the pride that beams for everyone I have met about these islands produce is infectious. I am excited and honoured to be chosen to be part of this amazing series of events, I can’t wait to get down there and start eating and drinking!”

- Peter Kuruvita
2022 Royal Tasmanian Fine Food Awards Brand Ambassador

2022 EXECUTIVE CHEF: PAUL FOREMAN

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We are so excited to have chef Paul Foreman joining up with the The Royal Tasmanian Fine Food Awards as its Executive Chef for 2022!

From the age of nine Paul knew cooking was the path he wanted to pursue.

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Paul moved to Tasmania at the age of 15, where he continued his quest to forge his way in the hospitality industry.

“Tasmania is now my home and there is no better place to be for its produce, geography and people. The world is literally your oyster here!”.

Over the past 38 years Paul has experienced many things. One highlight was being approached by, now good friend and fellow chef, Peter Kuruvita to spend 10 days in Sri Lanka, along with 8 of Australia’s leading chefs, touring the country, cooking in dry riverbeds, tea fields, remote villages and in the home of our host Merrill J Fernando. Mr Fernando, the founder of Dilmah Tea, invited this group of Australian chefs to experience his country firsthand.

 

“It changed my life!” said Paul. “The food, the culture and Sri Lanka’s amazing people will be with me forever.”

- Paul Foreman

2022 Royal Tasmanian Fine Food Awards Executive Chef

WHATS COMING UP?

21st/22nd April 2022: Bakery and Preserves

Entries Open: 1st March 2022

Entries Close: 3rd April 2022

3rd/4th June 2022: Dairy and Plant Based

Entries Open: 1st March 2022

Entries Close: 15th May 2022

8th/9th July 2022: Beverages 

Entries Open: 1st March 2022

Entries Close: 19th June 2022

4th/5th August 2022: Seafood, Small Goods and Delicatessen

Entries Open: 1st March 2022

Entries Close: 17th July 2022

1st/2nd September 2022: Olive Oil, Pantry Items, Other Products and Sweet/Spicy

Entries Open: 1st March 2022

Entries Close: 14th August 2022

Major Awards Judging: 3rd September 2022

Major Awards Dinner: 4th November 2022

 

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