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Great Taste Supreme Champion 2016 is awarded to Glenarm Shorthorn 4 Rib Roast from Hannan Meats

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From 10,000 entries in Great Taste this year, the prestigious honour of Great Taste Supreme Champion 2016 has been awarded to Hannan Meats’ Glenarm Shorthorn 4 Rib Roast. Hannan Meats is the first producer in the 22-year history of Great Taste to take the top award for a second time. Produced in Armagh, Northern Ireland, this exceptional piece of beef is dry-aged in a Himalayan Salt Chamber for a minimum of 28 days. Great Taste judges heaped praise on its outstanding flavour and succulence.



Unprecedented in the 22-year history of Great Taste, Hannan Meats’ second Supreme Champion accolade follows the producer first lifting the prize in 2012 for its Moyallon Guanciale. No flash in the pan, Peter Hannan and his team have been perfecting the dry-aging process for the best part of a decade, with this award the culmination of many years of dedication. Once again, Hannan Meats’ world-class butchery and maturation methods wowed the judging panel, who were bowled over by this very special cut of meat and couldn’t “believe that beef could taste so good”.


John Farrand, Managing Director of the Guild of Fine Food, organisers of Great Taste, explains; “Hannan Meats’ much celebrated butchery skills have been honed over many years and this incredible level of dedication has resulted in consistent Great Taste success, along with two Supreme Champion titles to boot. This extraordinary Glenarm Shorthorn 4 Rib Roast is testament to Hannan Meats’ carefully refined dry-aging and maturation process, which saw it fly through day-after-day of blind-tasting, winning over hearts and palates at every stage of Great Taste. It really did blow the final judging panel away and they’re not an easy bunch to impress.”


The Supreme Champion award, which is sponsored by Harrods, was presented to Peter Hannan at the Great Taste Golden Forks Dinner held on Monday 5 September at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, where over 300 guests from the world of fine food gathered to hear the results of many months of rigorous judging.


Contact: Peter Hannan, +44 (0) 2892 619790, www.hannanmeats.com.

Other Great Taste 2016 Golden Fork trophy winners Best Imported Food, sponsored by Speciality & Fine Food Fair Huitres Amelie Oysters by Huîtres Amélie of France   Charcuterie Product of the Year, sponsored by Fine Food Digest Charcuterie Campaign Venison Salami by Derbyshire-based Jaquest   Great Taste Producer of the Year, sponsored by Partridges, London La Tua Pasta from London   Great Taste Shop of the Year, sponsored by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) and supported by delicious. magazine Blacker Hall Farm Shop from Wakefield, West Yorkshire.   Ambient Product of the Year, sponsored by Petty Wood Anassa Organic Lemon Verbena from Anassa Organics in Greece   Nigel Barden Heritage Award, sponsored by Diverse Fine Food Raw Thyme Honey by Hilltop Honey in Wales   Small Artisan Producer of the Year, sponsored by Selfridges Bermondsey Street Bees for its Bermondsey Street Honey Lifetime Achievement David Hider, chairman of Hider Foods, Hull   Full details of this year’s food and drink winners can be found at www.greattasteawards.co.uk and a select range of products will also be made available via Taste Distribution (www.tastedistribution.co.uk), which has been established exclusively to distribute Great Taste award-winning products to independent retailers.   What is Great Taste?  Great Taste, founded in 1994 and organised by The Guild of Fine Food, has judged over 110,000 products in the last 22 years; each one has been blind-tasted by a team of judges who are dedicated to finding the most exquisite tasting food and drink regardless of branding or packaging. This year’s final judges included TV chef and author, Valentine Warner, MasterChef judge and restaurant critic, Charles Campion, fifth generation baker, Tom Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery, food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and Waitrose, James Golding, chef director of THE PIG Hotels, and Kevin Gratton, chef director of HIX Restaurants, who 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 2016.   Great Taste 2016 facts 10,000 different products entered (Great Taste entry is capped at 10,000) Over 400 food and drink judges Judging took place across the UK and Ireland, including many sessions at the Guild HQ in Gillingham, Dorset, as well as several other Dorset venues This year’s Great Taste Roadshows saw Great Taste judged at Fulham Palace in London, Hotel Minella in Clonmel, Tipperary and Belfast Metropolitan College’s Titanic Quarter Campus 3,539 products awarded 1-, 2- or 3-star awards 141 awarded a 3-star Top 50 Foods announced in The Times on Saturday 6 August 2016 EIGHT Golden Fork Awards for best regional food and drink ONE Supreme Champion   What are Great Taste judges looking for? Above all they are looking for truly great taste. Yes, they take into account texture, appearance and of course quality ingredients; they like a good aroma, a decent bite to a sausage, a smooth lemon curd, crunchy rich pastry, but everything comes back to the taste. Is it really, truly great?   How do they work? Each team of four judges blind-tastes around 25 products per session, 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 Great Taste stars. Food or drink that is deemed worthy of Great Taste stars is also tasted by a team of arbitrators, who taste, confer and agree on the final award given. If judges feel that a product needs some adjustment, and therefore not likely to receive an award, the food or drink gets a second chance on a referral table, where another team, blind-tastes and deliberates. For a Great Taste 3-star award, the vast majority in the room - which can be as many as 30-40 experts - must agree that the food or drink delivers that indescribable ‘wow’ factor.   What should consumers look for? The black and gold logo. The Great Taste seal is their guarantee a product has been through a rigorous and independent judging process. It’s not about smart packaging or clever marketing – it’s all about taste.   ★★★ EXQUISITE. WOW! TASTE THAT   ★★ OUTSTANDING  ★ SIMPLY DELICIOUS   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 +44 (0) 7717 893123 or at amy@freshlygroundpr.co.uk. Tortie Farrand at the Guild of Fine Food on +44 (0) 1747 825200 or at tortie.farrand@gff.co.uk. www.gff.co.uk www.greattasteawards.co.uk   6 September 2016

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