Great Taste

Great Taste is the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards.
Putting your food or drink to the test with our panel of over 500 experts is a quick way to get honest, straightforward and impartial feedback from chefs, buyers, food writers and retailers. Whether your product receives a 1-, 2- or 3-star accolade, Great Taste stars are highly respected seals of approval.
It’s all about the STARS…


How to enter

Great Taste 2018 entry documents will be available in early January 2018.  Entry is completed via an online entry form and the link will be available once we open for entry (please see the list of Key Dates below).  Judging will take place in Dorset and London*

Keen to enter in 2018? Email with your full company details and we will add you to our database to receive reminders and updates.


*Please note that although we cannot guarantee at which venue a product will be judged we will do our best to accommodate any special requests where operationally feasible.

Cost of entry

Members’ Fortnight (17-31 Jan 2018)

  • Turnover less than £1million:
    £35 per product (+VAT)
  • Turnover more than £1million:
    £45 per product (+VAT)

General Entry (1 - 16 Feb 2018 or before if entry cap 12,500 is reached)

  • Turnover less than £1million:
    £56 per product (+VAT)
  • Turnover more than £1million:
    £88 per product (+VAT)
  • Supermarket own label products:
    £230 per product (+VAT)

Why enter

A one, two or three-star accreditation means your food will stand out on the overcrowded retail shelves. Coupled with the extensive consumer and trade promotion by the Guild of Fine Food it will lead to increased sales and brand awareness.

Quite simply Great Taste encourages greater confidence and commercial success in small businesses locally, regionally, nationally and internationally whilst helping to improve the food and drink of those who don’t quite make the grade.

Key Dates 2018

17 January 2018

Members' Fortnight

Open for entry. Ensure that your membership runs until at least 31 January. Membership must be in place by 12 January 2017. You cannot join the Guild in Members' Fortnight.

31 January 2018

Members' Fortnight

Closes for entry

1 February 2018

General Entry

Open for entry

16 February 2018

General Entry

Closes for entry (or when entry cap 12,500 is reached)

1 August 2018

Results and feedback

How Great Taste works

Over 500 judges working in small teams judged 12,366 food and drink products this year at 62 judging days, from March through to early July 2017.  They awarded one-, two or three-stars to the foods that deserved it and one of the judges on each team captured constructive feedback for the producers who didn’t quite make the grade.

Each year we take our judging roadshow somewhere different. This year saw us pack up from HQ and take the Great Taste team to Llandrillo College, north Wales. But more than that in April we opened our new judging, training and event space close Borough Market, London and we conducted three weeks of judging there in 2017.  This is a permanent home in London for all Guild of Fine Food activities and will be available to hire for other food and drink businesses. As ever we judged at specialist test centres for tea, filter coffee and espresso with the remainder of the judging days at Guild HQ in Dorset.

Whilst we were busy judging this year we asked our experts to reveal their kitchen hack secrets…

Ordering Labels & Logos

If you have achieved awards for your products in the last three years you can still order labels or the electronic award artwork to display on your product’s packaging.  Please complete and return the relevant form:

Great Taste Artwork Guidelines | Great Taste Label Order Form | Great Taste Logo Request Form

Please refer to this P&P cost matrix if the delivery address for the labels is in Ireland, EU or rest of the world:

Great Taste Labels Overseas P&P

Useful Downloads & Press

Download the Great Taste national & regional press releases. For further press enquiries contact Amy Brice or Tortie Farrand or visit our Press Room.

What is GT? | History of GT

Watch all the 2016 Top 50 videos here.

Interested in supporting or sponsoring Great Taste? Click here.

Supreme Champion and Golden Forks 2017

The 2017 Great Taste Supreme Champion was Hugh Maguire's Smoked Black Pudding
The 2017 Great Taste Supreme Champion was Hugh Maguire’s Smoked Black Pudding

A traditional Irish black pudding with an inspired twist has beaten a luxury line-up spanning sorbetto, cider, smoked trout and more to secure this year’s Great Taste Supreme Champion title.

Read all about the traditional Irish black pudding beating a luxury line-up at Great Taste 2017

Maguire collected the Supreme Champion trophy on Monday night (September 4) at the 2017 Golden Forks dinner at the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel – a new venue for the ceremony, which has outgrown its home at the Royal Garden Hotel.

You can search for all Great Taste winners from the last four years here

For a full list of 2017 Golden Fork winners, click here

To see photo highlights from the Great Taste Golden Fork Awards, click here

Sponsors of this year's event

  • Aga Rangemaster
  • Bord Bia
  • Cress Co
  • Diverse Fine Foods
  • Food & Drink Wales
  • Fresh Montgomery
  • Harrods
  • Hotel Inigo
  • inkreadible
  • Partridges
  • Petty Wood
  • Rowcliffe
  • Scotland Food & Drink
  • Selfridges & Co
  • Woman & Home
  • Andrews ingredients
  • Curren Smokehouse
  • Castle Howell
  • Dawn Meats
  • Fenwick
  • Hawkshead Relish
  • Il Gelato di Ariela
  • The Seed Fund
  • Food at Webbs
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