Celebrated global meat competition the World Steak Challenge is open for entries for its 2022 edition.

Now in its eighth year, the prestigious event is run by The Grocer’s publisher William Reed and sponsored by Bord Bia.

It aims to give steak producers and suppliers a much-needed platform to showcase their product quality, breed credentials and processing standards on an international stage.

As in previous years, the venue for this year’s challenge is the Fire Steakhouse in Dublin, with judging set to take place on Tuesday 27 September, and competition winners announced the following evening.

With a focus on endorsing steak as a positive sustainable lifestyle choice, the World Steak Challenge’s categories include the World’s Best Sirloin, World’s Best Rib-Eye, World’s Best Fillet, Best Grain-fed and Best Grass-fed, alongside the overall World’s Best Steak title.

All entries are assessed by a panel of over 50 independent judges and the best performing are awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals. Beef and steak producers, wholesalers and retailers will have until Monday 18 July to enter the 2022 event.

“We’re thrilled to back in Dublin this year’s World Steak Challenge and are looking forward to welcoming even more entries from all over the world,” said William Reed’s MD of retail, manufacturing & hospitality.

“The WSC is the ultimate competition for steak producers and suppliers to showcase their product quality and breed credentials on an international stage, while also testing themselves against competitors from around the world,” she added.

“Winning the challenge not only independently proves the quality of a product but helps steak producers promote and publicise the credentials of their brand, while also testing their products against an international field.”

The 2021 event attracted a record number of entrants and was held as a virtual announcement after the judging in November. Yet, still awarded over 250 medals to 25 different countries.

JN Meat International won the overall World Steak Challenge title for the third year in a row for a grass-fed Ayrshire sirloin produced in Finland and finished with chocolate.

For more information on how to enter, visit the WSC website.