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.
2021 BRAND AMBASSADOR: PETER KURUVITA
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 2021!
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
2021 Royal Tasmanian Fine Food Awards Brand Ambassador
2021 EXECUTIVE CHEF: PAUL FOREMAN
We are so excited to have chef Paul Foreman joining up with the The Royal Tasmanian Fine Food Awards as its Executive Chef for 2021!
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.”
WHATS COMING UP?
19th/20th May 2021: Bakery and Preserves
Entries Open: 30th March 2021
Entries Close: 30th April 2021
11th/12th June 2021: Dairy, Other Products and Plant Based
Entries Open: 16th April 2021
Entries Closed: 28th May 2021
2nd/3rd July 2021: Beverages and Sweet/Spicy
Entries Open: 23rd April 2021
Entries Close: 4th June 2021
20th August 2021: Seafood and Delicatessen
Entries Open: 2nd July 2021
Entries Close: 30th July 2021
3rd/4th September 2021: Olive Oil Products
Entries Open: 21st July 2021
Entries Close: 21st August 2021
Major Awards: 13th November 2021