Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc. are looking for the Ultimate Steak Connoisseur to help determine New Zealand’s tastiest steak. Forming part of the judging panel for the 2018 PGG Wrightson Steak of Origin Grand Final competition at Mystery Creek on Wednesday 13 June, the successful candidate will need to display an unrivalled passion for steak to claim this coveted role. Checkout the job advert here.

Prospective applicants are asked to submit 50 words on why they are New Zealand’s Ultimate Steak Connoisseur and describe how they like their steak cooked. Alternatively, they can submit a video no longer than one minute long covering the same two topics. All applications should be sent to Further information on the role can be found at or the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Facebook page.

Competition stalwart, Graham Hawkes will be presiding over proceedings as head judge on the day. His stature in New Zealand’s culinary world is second to none, owner and executive chef of the renowned Paddington Arms in Invercargill he is also President of the New Zealand Chefs Association.

“The PGG Wrightson Steak of Origin competition is the pinnacle for any beef producer,” he said. “It is the Oscars for steaks and sets the benchmark for quality produce, helping guide chefs on where their ingredients come from.”

The selected taster will be expected to judge the steaks based on; aroma, taste/flavour, tenderness, juiciness and texture and will be joining some of New Zealand’s top chefs on the panel including Andrew Clarke (Victoria Street Bistro, Hamilton), Mat McLean (Palate Restaurant, Hamilton) and Harry Williams (Alpha Street Kitchen, Cambridge) – with all four current or former Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chefs.