Taste of success: Allora Butchery’s time-saver meal guru Melissa Ziser wins four awards at the 2010 Outback Regional AMIC Butchers Choice.
Taste of success: Allora Butchery’s time-saver meal guru Melissa Ziser wins four awards at the 2010 Outback Regional AMIC Butchers Choice.

Food wins for thought

FROM lamb shanks and lasagne to delicate marzipan icing decorations Melissa Ziser can do it all when it comes to food.

The time-saver meals guru at Grant and Janette Lollback’s Allora Butchery, Miss Ziser was a standout competitor at the Outback Regional Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) Butchers Choice Awards 2010 on Sunday.

“I was ecstatic that my food was recognised at a high standard,” Miss Ziser said.

She took out first place in the Outback Wet Dish category with her bacon and mushroom carbonara and third with Allora customers’ favourite, the chicken and vegetable lasagne.

In the Outback Hot Pot/Casserole category she won with a caramelised onion and red wine lamb shank casserole and in the Outback Meat Pie or Pastry Dish category she came third with her Chicken and Vegetable Pie.

“It was a long wait on Sunday watching the judges tasting my meals and hoping for a good reaction,” she said.

After a trial run with the caramelised onion and red wine lamb shanks for a taste test a week earlier she knew she was a contender after the reaction from one particular customer who licked the bowl clean.

Her boss Mr Lollback also impressed the critics at the Outback Regional Sausage King winning overall for the 2010 Outback Regional Sausage King in the Poultry category with his chicken, cheese and chives sausage creation.

He was awarded gold in the Gourmet/Open Class, silver in the Australia Lamb/Open Class and silver in the Traditional Australian Pork.

“It is the first time we have won outright in the categories. It will be nice to go to the Ekka and see how we go,” he said.

The Allora Butchery will now compete in three categories in the Outback region to be held at the Brisbane Exhibition or “Ekka” in August.



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