Marybelle Dairy yoghurt named Great Taste Supreme Champion
A Greek-style yogurt from East Anglia has been crowned Supreme Champion in Great Taste 2013, triumphing over a record 9,738 entries.
Made by the Strachan family at Suffolk’s Marybelle Dairy, it was selected by a final judging panel that included BBC MasterChef judge Charles Campion, Harrods food chief Bruce Langlands, Fortnum & Mason grocery buyer Sam Rosen Nash and Woman & Home food editor Jane Curran.
Katherine Manning of Marybelle is pictured receiving the trophy from Guild of Fine Food MD John Farrand (left) and Bruce Langlands at the Great Taste Golden Fork dinner at London’s Royal Garden Hotel on September 9.
Already named among the Top 50 Foods in Britain, Marybelle’s yoghurt beat competition ranging from En Place Foods’ sea buckthorn & lime jam to Halen Môn umami sea salt
The Strachans set up Marybelle Dairy at Rendham Hall Farm to provide a long-term outlet for milk from their own Holstein and Jersey herds, and now take milk from three other Suffolk farms too.
Co-presenting this year’s awards with BBC food correspondent Nigel Barden, John Farrand described Marybelle’s win as “an amazing achievement for the British dairy industry”.
Other Golden Fork winners were the best specialities from Wales (Fredericks Chocolaterie ginger & fennel chocolate), Scotland (Stag Bakeries’ Stornoway water biscuits with Hebridean seaweed), Northern Ireland (Hannan Meats’ salt-aged rack of Glenarm Shorthorn beef) and Ireland (Stonewell’s medium dry cider).
Patrick Moore of More? The Artisan Bakery collected the Speciality Producer of the Year trophy for the Cumbrian firm’s consistently strong performance in Great Taste over many years.
Among several new awards, the trophy for Small Artisan Producer of the Year went to Corleggy Cheeses of Co Cavan, a maker of farmhouse cheeses and accompaniments, including a three-star winning port jelly.
Great Glen Game took the Charcuterie Product of the Year title for its green pepper venison salami.
The new Deli & Farm Shop Signature Dish award, recognising the growth of deli and farm shop cafés and restaurants, went to Simon Dougan’s Yellow Door Bakery in Co Armagh for its braised Irish beef cheek & smoked potato pie
In a twist on the usual proceedings, Guild of Fine Food chairman Bob Farrand, who founded Great Taste 19 years ago and co-presented the awards night until 2012, was presented with the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Food Company in Marks Tey, Essex, collected the inaugural Great Taste Shop of the Year award.
For a full list of 2013’s Golden Fork winners, click here.