Hannan Meats makes Great Taste history with second champion title
Four years after claiming the Great Taste Supreme Champion trophy with an Italian-style pig cheek bacon, Northern Ireland’s Peter Hannan has topped the influential awards again – this time with a cut of beef from the Glenarm Estate in Co Antrim.
Hannan Meats’ Glenarm Shorthorn four-rib roast, dry-aged in a salt chamber for at least 28 days, was named overall winner at the Great Taste 2016 awards dinner tonight (September 5).
The specialist butcher and meat merchant, whose clients include Fortnum & Mason and restaurateur Mark Hix, is the only producer to collect the Supreme Champion trophy twice in the Great Taste scheme’s 22-year history.
Peter Hannan collected the trophy from Alex Dower, newly appointed food & restaurants director of Harrods, overall sponsor of Great Taste 2016.
Other major winners announced tonight include Wakefield’s Blacker Hall farm shop, which was named Great Taste Shop of the Year. Readers of delicious. magazine nominated their favourite independent food shops across the UK before a short list of 10 shops was then judged by a panel of retail experts from the Guild of Fine Food, organiser of Great Taste.
Runners-up for Shop of the Year were Delilah Deli in Nottingham and Macknade Fine Foods of Kent.
Great Taste Producer of the Year, sponsored by specialist retailer Partridges, was London’s La Tua Pasta, while the Selfridges-sponsored Small Artisan Producer of the Year trophy went to Bermondsey Street Bees, also London-based, for its Bermondsey Street honey.
The Guild of Fine Foods’ 2016 Lifetime Achievement award went to David Hider, chairman of distributor Hider Foods.