Great Taste 2015 Scotland results announced
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Scotland results for 2015 available
Scotland makes waves at Great Taste 2015 with flavours of the sea
Great Taste, the world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, has reached an exciting stage for many producers in Scotland. Following 10,000 products being judged, the results have just been released and show that among the 130 products to be awarded a Great Taste 3-star-accolade in 2015 are nine Scottish winners, including; Gigha Halibut and Murray Smoked Products’ Gigha Halibut, which wowed the judges with its “lovely delicate balance between the salt and oceanic flavour”, Hebridean Sea Salt Ltd’s “clean, well balanced and very satisfying” Peat Smoked Sea Salt Flakes and Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd’s hand-crafted “clean, crisp and zesty” Rock Rose Gin, with its “wonderful scent of citrus”.
While these producers revel in this tremendous success and begin displaying the unmistakable gold and black Great Taste logo with stars on their award-winning products, they will wait with much anticipation to see if they also scoop the top awards for their region. These awards will be announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork Awards Dinner in London on Monday 7 September.
Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with branding and packaging ignored. Whether it is cheese, ale, steak or chutney being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.
Judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, restaurateurs, cooks, producers and a host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. In the words of highly regarded restaurant and food critic Charles Campion, “Great Taste is the only food award worth having”.
The panel of judges, including; Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Campion, TV presenter & cook, Aggie Mackenzie, Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn, Masterchef the Professionals finalist, Adam Handling, food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer, and chefs including James Golding, Chef Director of The Pig hotel group, have together re-judged the 3-star winners to agree on the Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste Supreme Champion for 2015.