Australia's most popular meats go under the microscope as ACA runs scientific tests on beef from the big grocery stores.
We enlist the help of celebrity chef Alastair McLeod, food critic Wendy Hall, butcher Nick Johns and mother-of-three Karen to taste test the three most popular cuts of meat.
Rump steak, porterhouse steak and an eye fillet are judged on taste, tenderness and an overall score. The cuts were bought from Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and an independent butcher.
The highest single score for flavour went to both Aldi and the independent butcher for their eye fillets. Aldi won on price – their Highland Park grass fed eye fillet retails for around $30/kg while the butcher's is $45/kg. The butcher's porterhouse cut nearly got a perfect score from Wendy.
The butcher received the highest scores in tenderness for each of its three cuts of meat. Aldi was a close second with its tender rump and eye fillet.
The highest single score out of all of the cuts of meat was given to the independent butcher's eye fillet, with Nick awarding the meat 9.5 out of 10. Aldi's eye fillet was not far behind, with three of the judges giving the particular cut a nine out of 10. Alistair gave his highest overall scores to Aldi, with seven points for each cut of meat.