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Eat Easy is a food and produce award with a difference and it’s happening soon

Thursday Apr 22nd, 2021
Posted by Sophie

Australian producers and farmers only have a few weeks to submit their produce into the inaugural Eat Easy Awards.

Dedicated to improving our eating environment, Eat Easy will reward the producers, farmers, restaurants and chefs making a difference with great food and responsible practice.

Submissions close on Friday 30 April, and producers can submit their product into one of five categories – Red Meat, Grown, Wild Harvested, Made and Bred.

Entry to Eat Easy is free and open to all Australian producers and eateries. The awards feature an expert panel of food identities to judge and reward Australia’s best of the best.

The judges include Head Judge Mark Best (ex-Marque), Alyx Gorman (The Guardian), Daniel Motlop (Something Wild), Jared Ingersoll (ex-Danks Street Depot), John Lethlean (The Australian), Karena Armstrong (The Salopian Inn) and Richard Gunner (ex-Feast! Fine Foods).

Guided by the following criteria; Impact on Community, Impact on Environment, Food Quality and Service Quality, Eat Easy is free to enter as the people behind the awards recognise just how tough the last 15 months has been for farmers, producers and the hospitality industry.

“Our farmers are essential and we should do everything we can to support them as they support us,” says Head Judge Mark Best. “As a restaurateur and chef, the relationships we forge with our partners on the land are symbiotic and form the backbone of our industry.

“Producers and farmers need to enter so that we can direct our support to the people that give our industry its unique and fundamental character in the culinary landscape.”

Judging for Eat Easy will take place on 14 May 2021. The judges will discover Australia’s best producers in the following categories:

● Red Meat – Presented by Australian Good Meat, entries for red meat producers will be judged under the following categories: Environmental Stewardship, Animal Welfare, Community and Product Eating Quality

● Grown – Produce in its natural state (e.g. fruits, vegetables, nuts, lentils, beans, seeds, herbs, legumes and native ingredients)

● Wild Harvested – Produce caught or harvested from the ocean (e.g. fish, oysters, sea urchin, seaweed, abalone, crustaceans, octopus)

● Made – Natural produce that has been intervened for an alternative purpose (e.g. cheese, flour, smallgoods, yogurt, jams, honey, oil, cured produce, baked goods, jerky)

● Bred – Produce that has been bred for consumption (e.g. chicken, pig, duck, kangaroo, quail, eggs, rabbit, camel)

Other awards –

Best Chef (presented by Rare Medium, which will recognise the chef with outstanding talent that most thoughtfully and creatively utilises exceptional produce in their venue), and the People’s Choice Awards: Best Front of House, Best Dining and Hospo Hero (a celebration of those who have implemented positive initiatives for the hospitality industry).

Each of the major award winners will receive prizes from the just-announced major sponsor, Smeg.

“We are proud to welcome Smeg to the Eat Easy family,” says Eat Easy’s Managing Director Tamrah Petruzzelli. “Smeg is the ultimate name in style and quality when it comes to kitchen appliances and we couldn’t think of a more worthy brand to sponsor our major prizes.”

With the Producer categories, Eat Easy wants to reward outstanding produce from producers and farmers actively invested in minimising their environmental impact.

Farmers and producers can go to eateasyawards.com/awards for more information and to enter their products.

Ultimately, Eat Easy is dedicated to improving Australia’s eating environment through celebrating and encouraging great food, sustainability and connection to community.

It is a reset button that will showcase the best of food and dining culture. All winners will be announced at Eat Easy’s awards party in October.