Westridge Meats and The Ridge Meats has once again been awarded Best Ham in the region at the Australian Meat Industry Council’s (AMIC) Outback Regional Competition.
Business owner and senior butcher, Luke Jensen, walked away with first and second place at the competition held at Farm Fest. “We are so grateful for being recognised at such a notable industry competition and would like to acknowledge our team’s hard work and commitment to always ensuring the consistency and quality in all our products,” said Jensen. “Winning Best Ham in the region is significant win for us. We take so much pride in every ham we make and have been perfecting our recipe over the past twelve months. All our hams are made onsite at Westridge Meats using traditional butchering and curing techniques.”
Westridge Meats is one of the only butcher shops in Australia to be awarded Australia’s Best Ham twice at the Australian Pork Awards, and can now add Best Ham at the Regional AIMC Competition to its list of accomplishments. Jensen says that, “next Wednesday our hams and bacon are being judged in the National Australian Pork Competition. So hopefully we’re in with a chance”.
Westridge and The Ridge Meats only use local pork from the Pilton and Clifton area. With a strong focus on locally sourced produce, Luke and Michelle Jensen endeavour to source from farms within a 100 kilometre radius of Toowoomba. “We recently conducted some research with our farming families and discovered that more than 700 local people are involved in getting our products from paddock to plate,” informed Michelle.
All the first place award winners now head to the AMIC State Competition held at the Ekka in August. Winners from the Ekka will then represent Queensland at the National Finals that are being held in February 2020 in New South Wales.
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