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 450 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

Guild of Fine Food members have exclusive access to enter their products during MEMBERS’ FORTNIGHT which begins on Wednesday 20 January and ends on Tuesday 2 February*.

General Entry opens on Wednesday 3 February.  Normal rate of entry applies to all.

Great Taste will close for entry on Monday 22 February or when a cap of 10,000 products is reached.

Download the following documents and read them before you start your online entry.

Entry Brochure | Food & Drink CategoriesGreat Taste T&CsYour Product Journey

You can download a step-by-step guide to how you enter online: English | French | Greek Italian | Portuguese | Spanish

Your Product Journey  – French | GreekItalianPortugueseSpanish

Watch the video below to help you with your Product Description.

If you haven’t entered Great Taste before you will need to Register with MyGuild, our online community.  The process is simple.  If you entered last year you will be able to use the same log-in and password.

Please do not send any products now.  After the closing date we will contact entrants when delivery instructions are ready.

If you have any questions you can call the Great Taste team on + 44 (0) 1747 825200.

*Guild members must have a valid membership up until 29 February 2016 to qualify for Members’ Fortnight.  NEW Guild members must join by Friday 8 January 2016 to qualify for Members’ Fortnight.

 

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.

Cost of entry

Members’ Fortnight

  • Turnover less than £1million:
    £34 per product (+VAT)
  • Turnover more than £1million:
    £44 per product (+VAT)

General Entry

  • Turnover less than £1million:
    £48 per product (+VAT)
  • Turnover more than £1million:
    £78 per product (+VAT)
  • Supermarket own label products:
    £175 per product (+VAT)

Key dates 2016

20th
Jan

Members' Fortnight opens

Open for entries for Guild Members only

2nd
Feb

Members' Fortnight closes

Closing for entries for Guild Members at special discounted members' rate

3rd
Feb

General Entry opens

Members and non-members. Normal rate of entry applies

22nd
Feb

Closed for entry

Closed for entry midnight on 22 February unless we reach 10,000 entries before then

7th
Mar

Delivery instructions

From mid-March (date TBC) download notifications begin via email and will continue throughout March, April & May

21st
Mar

Judging commences

Scheduled judging of products begins

16th
Jun

Judging ends

27th
Jun

3-star product recall

From 27 June 3-star products re-called for judging

13th
Jul

3-star Judging Day

All 3-star products are judged, followed by Supreme judging in the afternoon

2nd
Aug

Results & Feedback

Results and feedback released in early August (date TBC)

16th
Aug

Top 50 Foods

In mid-August (date TBC) a list of the Top 50 Foods is announced

5th
Sep

Golden Forks

Golden Fork trophies awarded at Great Taste Dinner, London

Useful downloads & Press

Download the Great Taste 2015 national & regional press releases. For further press enquiries contact Amy Brice or Tortie Farrand or visit our Press Room.

Watch all the Great Taste 2015 Top 50 videos here.

What is GT? | History of GT | How we judge GT | GT Roll of Honour Winners Case Studies

Interested in supporting or sponsoring Great Taste?  Read more.

How Great Taste works

Over 400 judges working in small teams judged 10,000 food and drink products this year at 49 judging days, from April through to early July.  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.

Last year the Great Taste judging roadshow went to Wales with a week’s tasting in Cardiff, supported by the Welsh Government. 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.

You can search for all 2015 winners  here or download a PDF of the GT15 Major Winners.

You can search for all 2014 winners  here or download a PDF of the GT14 Major Winners.

You can search for all 2013 winners here or download a PDF of the GT13 Major Winners

Sponsors of this year's event

  • aga
  • bordbia
  • Chefs on Stage
  • cotswold
  • cressco
  • Event Owl
  • harrods
  • hider
  • hotelindigo
  • inkreadible
  • inverst_ni
  • bigfish
  • Le Gruyère
  • marylebone
  • Minghella
  • partridges
  • pettywood
  • pipers
  • Rowcliffe
  • scarlett_mustard
  • scotland
  • selfridges
  • speciality
  • stefan_palsson
  • suki
  • threelittlepigs
  • wales_fandd
  • womanandhome
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