Taste buds have been tantalised after 40 mouth-watering fresh and dried pastas were put to the judges’ test at the Sydney Royal Pasta Competition. The Sydney Royal Pasta Competition – part of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Fine Food Show – has experienced its most successful Show in its 12-year history.
Top accolades were handed to Yarra Valley Pasta, who took home the Champion 100% Durum Wheat Fresh Pastaaward for their free- range egg spaghettini.
It was a fantastic Show for Yarra Valley Pasta, who were awarded three Gold medals in the 100% Durum Wheat Fresh Pasta classes for their free- range egg spaghettini, lemon and parsley linguine; and chilli linguine.
Judging criteria included colour, taste, texture, translucency and surface properties. National durum wheat breeder and Judge Dr Ray Hare said the increasing quality of exhibits is a testament to Australian pasta producers.
“The results speak for themselves,” Dr Hare said. “We are seeing innovation and perfection as producers experiment with different flavours and non-wheat ingredients. This in itself shows that Australian pasta producers are capable of being serious players in the global market and I encourage the improvement in quality to continue.”
Nine Gold medals were awarded and a total of 32 medals were presented to pasta producers from across the country.