A show-stopping pie impresses the panel at the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards
Following more than 60 days of judging, the results of the world’s most coveted food awards, Guild of Fine Food Great Taste, have just been released, with many producers in the Midlands now celebrating. Out of a record breaking 12,300 products to be judged, 4,347 were awarded a highly prized Great Taste accolade and a remarkable 305 are based in the Midlands.
One of Great Tastes 3-star winners from the Midlands includes; a “generously filled” Cutting Pie from Ludlow Food Centre, which is “wrapped in well-seasoned pastry” and packed with local turkey, Gloucester Old Spot ham and redcurrant sauce. As well as Ludlow Food Centre’s Turkey & Ham Cutting Pie gaining 3 gold stars, their Gloucester Old Spot Chorizo won 3 stars, Smoked Back Bacon won 2 stars along with their Luxury Hot Chocolate and their Truffle Cheese With No Name won 1 star.
Managing Director Jon Edwards said “The Great Taste awards are the UK food producers Oscars, something that we all aspire to win but only the very best succeed. To have a product win a gold star tells our customers that they can buy with absolute confidence that it will not only deliver but exceed their expectations, that the product has been through one of the most vigorous judging processes in the industry and blind tasted by some of the most passionate foodies in the UK.
To win a gold star is wonderful, to win with 2 or 3 gold stars is exceptional and this year has been exceptional, having won five awards of which four are 2 or 3 stars really is a huge achievement, it’s also a reflection of the knowledge, passion and drive that our team have to deliver some of the UK’s very best food! Such an inspirational place to work.”
While Ludlow Food Centre revel in their success and begin displaying the unmistakable gold and black Great Taste logo, with 1-, 2- or 3- stars, on their award-winning products, they will wait with much anticipation to see if they also scoop the top awards for their region. These final honours, including the Great Taste 2017 Supreme Champion, will be announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork Awards Dinner on Monday 4 September, to be held at the Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel, London.
Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, values taste above all else, with no regard for branding or packaging. Whether it is gin, biscuits, sausages or coffee being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.
The panel of judges this year included; chef, food writer and author, Gill Meller, MasterChef judge and restaurant critic, Charles Campion, author and Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, baker, Tom Herbert, and food writer and baking columnist, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, and Harvey Nichols. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the 2017 Top 50 Foods, which will be announced in August, the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste 2017 Supreme Champion.
Details of this year’s winners can be found at www.greattasteawards.co.uk.
Date Posted: 4th August 2017