A MINIMALIST stainless steel tine has been voted as people's choice winner in the 2014 Design Tasmania awards.
While many may cite necessity as the mother of invention, it was disgust that brought this stylish finger-food skewer into reality by Launceston designer Anita Dineen.
Dineen, a trained jeweller, said plans for the ``Peck'' gourmet tine were borne from failed attempts to cleanly corner oily condiments in their service trays.
``It's kind of disgusting,'' she said, reliving the olive corralling caper.
``Everyone just sticks their fingers in, you don't know what's going in there.''
Dineen said she thought her idea had potential and took a sterling silver prototype to Launceston's Design Centre Tasmania.
``They told me I should enter it into the Design Tasmania awards,'' she said.
``I'm very lucky to have won and very thankful for all the people who voted for me.''
She said the final product, a stainless steel creation, was based on the beak of a honeyeater.
``I hate the disposable nature of things today,'' Dineen said.
``Steel lasts, it will still be here in many years to come.''
``Peck'' is now in continual production and a $1000 print package from Foot & Playsted was awarded to Dineen as part of her prize.