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Great Taste 2015 Wales results announced

04/08/2015 Download PDF Download Plain Text


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Wales results for 2015 available

Welsh innovation praised by Great Taste judges
Great Taste, the world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, has reached an exciting stage for many producers in Wales. 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 10 innovative Welsh winners, including; a “rich and creamy” mascarpone and caramelised fig ice cream with “a nice fig flavour” by Forte’s Ice Cream, a traditional Haggis from A. J. Pugh Butchers, which was described as being “well ground and having a nice balance of offal”, and a homemade “vibrant and fresh” Honey Marmalade by Coles Family Brewers, which really wowed the judging panel with its “marvellous combination” of flavours.

With the Welsh Government’s plans to sustainably grow the food and drink sector by 30% over the next five years and a bounty of Welsh products previously awarded Great Taste stars in 2014, this year Rebecca Evans, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, invited the Guild of Fine Food to hold judging sessions for Welsh products at St David’s Hotel, Cardiff. The Great Taste roadshow took place during the first week of June and regular Great Taste judges, including food and cookery features writer for the Telegraph Weekend, Xanthe Clay, and esteemed food critic, Charles Campion, judged many of the 491 Welsh product entries.

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.


Facts and figures about Great Taste 2015: 10,000 different products entered in 2015. Judging in Dorset at Guild HQ in Gillingham and several other Dorset venues, as well as St David’s Hotel in Cardiff. 2,382 awarded 1-star 597 awarded 2-star 130 awarded 3-star The next stage involves; the Top 50 Foods being announced on Wednesday 5 August on Twitter @guildoffinefood #Top50Foods. Then the final announcement of the winner of Great Taste Supreme Champion 2015, sponsored by Harrods, and the regional Golden Fork Awards will be made in London on Monday 7 September. A full list of all regional winners is available from amy@freshlygroundpr.co.uk Images are available to view in the press room on the Guild of Fine Food website and high resolution images are available from amy@freshlygroundpr.co.uk. For further information please contact any of the following: Amy Brice at Freshly Ground PR on 07717 893123 or at amy@freshlygroundpr.co.uk. Tortie Farrand at the Guild of Fine Food on 01747 825200 or at tortie.farrand@gff.co.uk. www.gff.co.uk www.greattasteawards.co.uk What do Great Taste judges look for? They look for great texture and appearance. They judge the quality of ingredients and how well the maker has put the food or drink together. But above all, they look for truly great taste. Working in small teams, experts taste 25 foods in each sitting, discussing each product as a coordinating food writer transcribes their comments directly onto the Great Taste website which producers access after judging is completed. Over the years, numerous food businesses, start-ups and well established producers have been advised how to modify their foods and have subsequently gone on to achieve star status. Any food that a judging team believes is worthy of a star is judged by at least two further teams. Only when there is a consensus will a star be awarded. For 3-stars, every single judge attending the session, which can be as many as 40 experts must unanimously agree the food delivers that indescribable ‘wow’ factor. ★★★ EXQUISITE. WOW! TASTE THAT ★★ OUTSTANDING ★ SIMPLY DELICIOUS (August 2015)

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