6 MAY - 12 MAY 2018



Beef Australia 2018 has an important role in raising an awareness of the health and economic benefits of eating our world class Australian product. Competitions will be developed to recognise the best of the food industry and showcase the talent of local chefs, restaurant staff and business owners to the general public, as well as the international guests converging on Rockhampton.

Beef Australia 2018 Central Queensland Awards of Excellence Competition.

Beef Australia 2018 – Central Queensland Awards of Excellence Competition

Congratulations to all the winners in the 2018 CQ Food Excellence Awards, for the full list of winners find the download below.

Beef Australia are proud to invite the food service industry in the Central Queensland area to participate in the Central Queensland Awards of Excellence Competition for Beef Australia 2018.

The Australian Beef Industry is unique in the world marketplace with its clean, green quality systems.   The Central Queensland Awards of Excellence competition will bring the restaurants and cafes of Central Queensland district to the forefront by demonstrating the flavor and versatility of the best meat in the world.

The competition offers each Venue the opportunity to showcase the talent and passion of local chefs, staff and business owners to represent Beef Australia 2018, as Award winners, a title they will hold for 3 years.

May 2018 will bring International guests, World class Chefs, Media, producers and lovers of Australian Beef to Rockhampton – which is the Ultimate opportunity for Establishments to show World why Rocky is the Beef Capital of Australia.

Businesses are invited to nominate in one or all four categories to showcase Australian beef on their menu. Entries will be opening on the 19th Feb and closing on the 16th March 2018

During the months of March and April 2018, judges will randomly dine at each competitor’s outlet and order the nominated beef dish.  Entries will be judged according to the following categories and criteria.

Entry Class

  • A la Carte Café/ Restaurant,
  • Pubs and Clubs
  • Cafes/Takeaways 

There are four categories including:           

  1. Best Steak
  2. Best Beef Signature Dish
  3. Best Low and Slow Beef Dish
  4. Best Beef Pie/Burger


Beef Australia 2018 – Young Chef Ambassador Competition


Jack Wenham from NOLA in Adelaide, has been named Beef Australia’s 2018 winner of the Young Chef Ambassador Competition. 

Jack will head up to Rockhampton, beef capital of Oz, to cook at the 3 day Beef Australia cattle expo with a pretty incredible lineup of chefs (including his personal favourite – Iron Chef Sakai)



We are opening up the kitchen to those aged 16-27 to enter the Young Chef Ambassador Competition this year.

one lucky young chef will have the unique opportunity to work alongside our Celebrity Chefs from around the globe in the PwC Celebrity Chef Restaurant, as well as this the restaurant of the winner will take home a Unox oven valued at $1700.00, thank you Unox for your very generous contribution.

Beef Australia are looking for exceptional talent, innovative skills and creativity in the recipes put forward. These recipes must utilise secondary cuts, whilst showcasing and celebrating Australian beef. Young chefs and apprentices are encouraged to send in their original recipes to be considered for the competition. Judges will then recreate these recipes and judge based on the flavours, style and creativity.

Please see the attached Terms and Conditions and Employee Consent forms.

Terms and Conditions for the Young Chef Ambassador Competition


Employee Consent Form


CQ Food Excellence Awards Results