Judges line-up announced for new British Cured Meat Awards
Influential chef-restaurateurs Richard H Turner, Dan Doherty and José Pizarro will join Harrods charcuterie buyer Bernadette Lalonde among the final judges at the first British Cured Meat Awards on 27th May.
The awards – organised by specialist charcuterie wholesaler Cannon & Cannon – are being staged alongside a new British Cured Meat Festival at London’s Borough Market on the late May bank holiday weekend.
A butcher, writer and serial restaurateur, Richard H Turner is co-founder of artisan butcher Turner & George and brought the Meatopia bbq festival to the UK.
Dan Doherty, chef-director of City restaurant Duck & Waffle is known for signature dishes such as Spicy Ox Cheek Doughnut. José Pizarro has been dubbed “the Godfather of Spanish food” in Britain and runs three restaurants in the Capital.
Other final judges will include Telegraph food writer Xanthe Clay, bestselling cookery author Sabrina Ghayour and FFD editorial director Mick Whitworth.
The Guild of Fine Food will lend its judging expertise to the awards as part of its ongoing support for the British charcuterie sector.
Initial product judging will take place across two days in late March at the Guild’s training and events space at 42 Southwark Street, close to Cannon & Cannon’s own Borough Market base.
Products can be entered in four categories – air-dried sausages, air-dried whole meats, cooked/smoked meats and soft/spreadable meats.
Around 40 shortlisted meats will go forward for final judging at the festival.
There will be a cap of 80 products per category, and products will be entered on a first come, first served basis.
There will also be a trophy for the best producer overall, and an individual award for contribution to the cured meats sector.
Borough Market’s all-ticket British Cured Meat Festival will feature an artisan market, a chef’s demo tent, panel discussions and tastings, live music and street food. Tickets go on sale on 13th February via the festival website, with an early bird price of £7.50 for the first 100.
Award entries can be made online from 3rd February.