THE country's best chefs and cooks have decided one Leeton business is at the very top of its class.
Randall Organic Rice was named the winner of the From the Earth category at this year’s delicious Produce Awards during a classy ceremony in Melbourne last week.
Each section of the awards is done via blind tasting and judged by the country’s top chefs.
It is those chefs and cooks that must nominate the produce to be part of the awards.
Randall Organic Rice has garnered a following of many high profile chefs as its brand continues to grow.
The family-owned business is located at Murrami and Peter Randall said the award had been a real owner.
The business’ koshihikari rice was the winner on the night after being nominated by Monty from the famed Bondi Icebergs restaurant.
“We were up against some very tough competition and producers,” Mr Randall said.
“It was very exciting for us to win.
“Apart from the award, the other highlight for us on the night was meeting and talking to Maggie Beer.
“She wanted to meet us and talk to us.
“She really supports what we are all about.”
Randall Organic Rice produces chemical-free, environmentally sustainable rice.
The business attends numerous high-profile farmers markets across the country.
Everything associated with the rice happens right on the Murrami property, including the milling.
Everything is done with the environment in mind, which Mr Randall said was of the utmost importance.
“I think it’s important to show you can grow rice is a very sustainable way that is friendly to the earth and the environment,” he said.
“That’s what our aim has always been.”
Other judges for this year’s event included Matt Moran and Colin Fassnidge, with Matt Preston of Masterchef fame the MC for the awards night.
The Murrami business now supplies restaurants and companies across the country with their rice, as well as the Oliver’s Real Food chain.
“This is the type of food people are really starting to embrace and take notice of,” Mr Randall said.
“It’s very exciting for us.”
Mr Randall’s wife and children are all involved in the business, which he said was one of the keys to its success.
A small team of other staff members also put in the hard yards to help ensure the company continues its rise to the top.
“I do want to thank all of them for their hard work … there’s been plenty of that from everyone,” Mr Randall said.
“We’re honoured by this award.”