News Corp Australia announced the winners of the 2017 delicious. Produce Awards presented by Miele on Monday, 7 August.

The annual ceremony saw some of Australia’s most renowned chefs and food industry leaders come together to celebrate the country’s top ingredients, producers, innovators and farmers’ markets.

Sixteen awards were presented, including awards new to 2017: Outstanding Native Producer, Outstanding Artisan and the Ala Wolf-Tasker Foundation delicious. Produce Awards Scholarship.

Out of the four categories (From the Dairy, From the Earth, From the Paddock and From the Sea), Queensland took home two titles: From the Dairy and From the Sea.

Maleny based Cedar Street Cheeserie received the trophy for the From the Dairy category for its ‘A Love Supreme’ cheese. Owner Trevor Hart makes fresh handcrafted cheeses from fresh local buffalo milk.

From the Sea category winner Richard Hamilton was awarded the trophy for his high-quality spanner crabs. Richard has been providing spanner crabs to his large clientele for 30 years.

Queensland nominees included the Outstanding Innovation award presented by Miele, awarded to The Lime Caviar Company from Scenic Rim. Its finger limes have been the passion of Ian and Margie Douglas for more than ten years. Together, they have a grown a devoted customer base in both the domestic and international markets.

“Innovation continues to be a really important factor evident with so many of our winners this year. The other trend we have seen and it felt important to recognise with the introduction of its own award, was the cultivation of extraordinary native produce,” said delicious. Editor-in-chief Kerrie Mcallum.

The 2017 deliciousProduce awards VIP event was hosted by delicioussenior editor Matt Preston. Guests were treated to canapés inspired by the 2017 trophy winners’ and gold medallists’ produce.

“Every year it is a privilege to meet with and celebrate the winners who really do make the Australian food scene the trailblazing and exciting industry it is known as,” Delicious. Produce Awards Patron Maggie Beer.

The full list of winners can be found here.

Read about the Appetite for Excellence Awards here.