KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA -- Last week, hundreds of delegates from more than 30 countries gathered here for the 7th Annual TRT World Rice Conference, where it was announced that California Calrose rice was the recipient of the highly-coveted “World’s Best Rice” award.
A panel of culinary experts and prominent international chefs chose Calrose rice as the “World’s Best Rice” from an assortment of 25 entries submitted by delegates across the globe. California Calrose beat out Cambodia/Thai Fragment Jasmine rice, the reigning “World’s Best Rice” winner for the past three years.
Jeremy Zwinger, chairman and host of the conference, presented the award to Greg Van Dyke, a producer from Pleasant Grove, California, and member of the California Rice Commission.
"I'm deeply humbled and honored to receive this historic award on behalf of the California rice industry, home of world renowned Calrose Premium Rice,” said Van Dyke. “For more than a century, multi-generational California rice farmers have self-funded cutting edge research in natural line, non-GMO, premium japonica varietal development. As a fifth generation California farmer, I am insanely proud to grow Calrose Premium Rice...the best rice in the world!"