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Porkstars: Christmas Hams in Season & Victoria's Best Revealed

Decorations have been up for months, but the appearance of Christmas hams is the sure sign the festive season has arrived and Victoria’s best have today been revealed. The World Loves Melbourn ewas invited to the launch of Christmas Ham Season in Sydney.

Australian Pork Limited Marketing Manager, Mitch Edwards, said Christmas ham season had arrived and the Australian PorkMark Ham Awards helped people find a great tasting ham for their celebrations.

“A judging panel assessed more than 140 entries against a range of criteria, from appearance and aroma to texture and taste,” he said. “The Australian PorkMark Ham Awards recognise the best hams made from 100% home-grown pork and once again our judges were impressed by the quality.”

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Fleischmeister Horst Schurger, who has a Master’s Degree in Butchering and Smallgoods from the Master College in Monchengladbach, Germany, joined chefs, Paul McDonald and Simon Bestley, on the judging panel.

In Victoria, the top performing ham was from Lago and Paramount Smallgoods, taking out first place for its traditional bone-in ham, plus third place nationally. Rounding out the Victorian bone-in category was Andrew’s Choice, second, and Otway Pork, third. The best Victorian boneless ham was from Andrew’s Choice, with Peter Bouchier, second, and Lago third.

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“Judges were again impressed with the quality of entries and we hope this will help people select the perfect centrepiece for their festive feasts,” Mr Edwards said.

“While all Traditional Bone-in Hams are proudly Australian, many people are surprised to find more than two thirds of ham sold in Australia is made from imported pork.

“So, if you’re buying a boneless ham, look for the pink PorkMark or the words Product of Australia.”

Australia’s Best Artisan Ham and Best Boneless Ham was won by Pingelly Quality Meats, Pingelly, Western Australia. Australia’s Best Traditional Bone-in Ham was won by Barossa Fine Foods, Edinburgh North, South Australia. Best Nationally Available ham was awarded to Woolworths, for its Woolworths Half Leg Ham – Bone In.

For more winners of this year’s Australian PorkMark Ham Awards, plus recipes, tips and tricks for your Christmas ham, visit

And the winners are…



Victoria’s Best Traditional Bone-in Ham

1st      Lago and Paramount Smallgoods        Melbourne                  0401 748 879

2nd     Andrew’s Choice                             Melbourne                  (03) 8360 8688

3rd      Otway Pork                                    Melbourne                  0408 966 706


Victoria’s Best Boneless Ham

1st      Andrew’s Choice                             Melbourne                 (03) 8360 8688

2nd     Peter Bouchier                                Moorabin                   (03) 9553 7129

3rd      Lago and Paramount Smallgoods      Melbourne                  0401 748 879


Overall Winner and Best Artisan Ham

Pingelly Quality Meats                                Pingelly, WA               (08) 9887 1416         


Australia’s Best Traditional Bone-in Ham

1st      Barossa Fine Foods                         Edinburgh North, SA   (08) 8255 3900

2nd     Noosa Meat Centre                        Noosaville, Qld          (07) 5474 1666

3rd      Lago and Paramount Smallgoods     Melbourne, Vic            0401 748 879


Australia’s Best Boneless Ham

1st      Pingelly Quality Meats                      Pingelly, WA            (08) 9887 1416         

2nd     Sunvalley Fine Foods                        Warana, Qld            (07) 5437 6730

3rd      German Butchery                           Mona Vale, NSW      (02) 9997 4147


Nationally Available

1st      Woolworths                                   Woolworths Half Leg Ham – Bone In  

Media hotline (02) 8885 1033

2nd     Bertocchi                                       Australian Leg Ham – Hickory Smoked 

(03) 9355 5109

HC      Woolworths                                  Woolworths Whole Leg Ham – Bone In  

Media hotline (02) 8885 1033