2016 AFA BEST IN CLASS MEDALS AND CHAMPION TROPHIES
The Best In Class Medals will be awarded to the highest scoring product in the Product Categories. Where there are multiple Classes feeding up to one Class, such as Cheese or Ice Cream, Gelato and Sorbet, and where there are split panels across Product Categories, a taste off of the highest scoring gold medal products will be tasted using the Borda Count Method. This will determine the Best in Class or Trophy winners.
When using the Borda Method to award a Champion Trophy for example, the Champion Convenience Food Trophy where four gold medal products will be tasted, the judging panel will identify their highest scoring product, all four products are then tasted off and ranked, with the best product receiving 3 points, next best product 2, 3rd one point and least preferred product would be ranked 0. The ranking scores attributed by each judge to each product are calculated, with the highest scoring product winning the Medal or Trophy.
The awarded points will be counted and checked. Where a consensus decision cannot be reached by the judging panel the Category Head Judge will arbitrate or make the final call.
Judges may in their absolute discretion decline to make an award in any Class. Awards may be withheld in any Class where Exhibits are considered unworthy or where the Judges for any reason and in their absolute discretion decide that any award shall be withheld.
The Head Judge will have the power to disqualify or dismiss, as being ineligible for judging, any Exhibit which, in his opinion, does not comply with the AFA regulations. Such disqualification will be final.
The above instructions do not in any way limit or restrict any of the powers, discretions, rights, and duties conferred upon the Judges by the regulations or the RASV’s powers under the regulations.
The list of AFA trophies can be found in the AFA entry booklet.
Australian Food Awards scoring is out of a total of one hundred (100) points.
Individual Exhibitor results will be released at the conclusion of judging for each distinct Category within three (3) working days. Medals and final results will be announced at this time. All Category & Champion Trophies will not be announced until the Gala Awards Presentation Dinner on 8 September.
The standard award system for the allocation of medals is:
Gold = 90 - 100 points
Silver = 82 - 89 points
Bronze = 74 - 81 points
BEST IN CLASS MEDALS
The Best In Class Medals will be awarded to the highest scoring product in the following Product Categories. Where there are multiple Classes feeding up to one Class such as Cheese or Ice Cream, Gelato and Sorbet, and where there are split panels across Product Categories a taste off using the Borda Count Method will be used to determine the Best in Class medal winner.
BEST SHEEP, GOAT AND BUFFALO CHEESE
BEST SHEEP, GOAT AND BUFFALO YOGHURT
BEST SHEEP, GOAT AND BUFFALO MILK
BEST ICE CREAM, GELATO & SORBET
BEST BRANDED BEEF
BEST BRANDED LAMB
BEST FRESH SAUSAGE
BEST SWEET PRESERVE
BEST CEREAL AND MUESLI
BEST NUT AND DRIED FRUIT
BEST CRACKER AND CRISPBREAD
BEST SNACK FOOD
BEST OLIVE AND OLIVE OIL
BEST FREE RANGE OR BARN LAID EGG
BEST PRESERVED SEAFOODS
BEST EDIBLE SEAWEED
GRAINS AND PULSES
BEST BAKED GOOD
BEST PULSE AND GRAIN
CHAMPION AUSTRALIAN TROPHIES
CHAMPION AUSTRALIAN PRODUCT/OR PRODUCE
The Best Australian Product/or Produce Trophy will be awarded to the product or produce deemed the best product from the eight overarching categories in the Australian Food Awards. Each eligible entry will be tasted and ranked using the Borda count method. A special judging session with a panel of eminent food identities will be convened to determine which product will receive the coveted award.
CHAMPION AUSTRALIAN DAIRY, MEAT, GRAINS AND PULSES, PANTRY GOODS, POULTRY, SEAFOOD, CONVENIENCE FOOD & FRESH PRODUCE TROPHIES
The 8 Category Champion Trophies will be awarded to the highest ranked product from a taste off by the judging panels for each of the overarching Categories.
Each of the Best in Class Trophies will be eligible for the Champion Product Trophy i.e. all of the nine Best in Class Medals in Dairy such as Best Butter, Best Cheese, Best Milk etc will be tasted off by the judging panel using the Borda Count Method to determine the Champion Dairy Trophy.
CHAMPION AUSTRALIAN SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE PRODUCER/MANUFACTURER
To be eligible for the Champion Small, Medium & Large Producer/Manufacturer Trophies the Producer must be the licensed owner of the Product/or Produce. The award will be judged on the Producer or Manufacturer’s top four scoring Exhibits, with at least one of which must be a Gold Medal winning Exhibit.
Exhibitors will not be able to count product produced under contract towards their score for this Trophy.
Exhibits that have been made under contract are not eligible for the Champion Small, Medium or Large Producer /or Manufacturer Awards.
CHAMPION AUSTRALIAN ORGANIC PRODUCT/OR PRODUCE
Will be awarded to the best organic product/or produce. Only Products/or Produce that has been identified at the time of entry as being certified organic with a certificate of authenticity will be eligible for this Trophy. Only Organic entries which have been successful in achieving ‘Best in Class’ status will be eligible for taste off. The Borda count method will be used to award the winner of the Best Australian Organic Trophy.
CONSISTENCY OF EXCELLENCE MEDAL
Products that are consistently awarded a gold medal for three consecutive years will be eligible to receive a Consistency of Excellence Medal. Product previously submitted and won gold medal status in the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2014/15 will be eligible for this status in the first year of the AFA should the same product receive a gold medal at the 2016 AFA.