British Charcuterie Live Awards: all the big winners unveiled
The British Charcuterie Live Awards has returned to highlight some of the best bacon, hams and salumi from the UK. Here FFD rounds-up the key results.
Charcutiers from Suffolk and Yorkshire have been leading the celebrations as producers from across the UK picked up medals at the 2020-21 British Charcuterie Live Awards.
The competition was postponed last year but – thanks to a remote judging process staged at the end of April – it saw Dingley Dell Cured as the Champion of Champions Producer.
A joint venture between Direct Meats and third-generation Suffolk farmers Mark and Paul Hayward of Dingley Dell, the operation won the top award thanks to being the best-performing producer over a minimum of three different classes. Its coppa-style Albion, Iceni (a Felino-style salami), and smoked, dry-cured bacon all took medals.
“To be recognised for our products will undoubtedly help us to raise awareness of what we are doing on a national level and hopefully to bring us new business,” said Mark Hayward.
Meanwhile, the Champion of Champions Product was awarded to Wildman Charcuterie for its Longhorn Bresaola.
Based in Malhamdale’s Town End Farm Shop with fifth-generation butcher Chris Wildman at the helm, the Yorkshire business also picked up a Bronze medal for its Marmaduke Salami.
“It is so important to us to be able to promote the business through the Awards and to seek acclaim for our products,” said Wildman. “Just as important is receiving constructive feedback from the expert judges to continue to improve our range.”
As well as these two awards, there were a number of trophies for specific categories and products deemed Best in Class.
Among the new awards this year were Best British Snacking Charcuterie won by Ke Nako’s “Pain in the Hole” Biltong, pictured, made in Northern Ireland.
The new Best Black Pudding and Best Smoked Product gongs were awarded to Charles Macleod Stornoway Black Pudding and Oak Smoked Streaky Bacon from Wenlock Edge Farm.
All of the products that took major awards had first achieved a Gold (other winners on the next page), while there were also a number of Silver and Bronze medals awarded by judges.
Henrietta Green, founder of the Awards, said: “Despite the challenges British producers are facing as a result of the pandemic, over 100 producers entered more than 300 products into the nine classes, and our judges were struck by the quality and range of the entries.
“It’s so encouraging to see more and more producers starting to make both British and Continental-style charcuterie. It’s becoming a truly vibrant sector of British food production.”
For a full list of award winners, visit britishcharcuterie.live