Posted: 22/10/2020

Redhill Farm Free Range Pork is the 2020 Great Taste Supreme Champion


Redhill Farm Free Range Pork is the 2020 Great Taste Supreme Champion

Lincolnshire pork producer Redhill Farm has won the 2020 Great Taste Supreme Champion trophy for its free range pork shoulder.

The Gainsborough-based company, run by Jane and Terry Tomlinson, pictured right, has seen its meat regularly win Great Taste 3-star awards – and a regional Golden Fork trophy on two previous occasions – but it has gone one step further this time.

This award was the last to be announced via a virtual “ceremony” – staged across the social media channels of Great Taste organiser The Guild of Fine Food on 22nd October – and caps off a remarkable year for the scheme, which managed to assess a record 12,777 product entries despite COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions.

Redhill Farm rears all its Duroc cross pigs to the highest welfare standards and those that tasted the pork shoulder during several rounds of judging commented on how this breeding was reflected in the flavour and texture of the meat.

“We enter Great Taste each year to prove our quality and to prove it consistently year in, year out,” said Jane Tomlinson, adding that Redhill Farm was on a quest to stand out from the crowd. “I think with this award we may just have finally achieved that!”

Redhill Farm Free Range Pork is the 2020 Great Taste Supreme Champion
The winning free range pork shoulder

In total, 12,777 entries to Great Taste were judged over the course of 14 weeks. Of these, 3,818 received 1-star awards and 1,294 were awarded 2-stars. 

Just 205 products were deemed worthy of the highest 3-star award and were assessed again to determine which would win the coveted Golden Forks.

Despite having to contend with coronavirus restrictions and the nationwide UK lockdown just as judging began in March, the Guild of Fine Food managed to adapt the judging to the situation this year – without compromising on the robustness of the Great Taste process.

Products were assessed during lockdown via remote judging, followed by socially distanced judging in London and Dorset as Government restrictions eased.

The virtual Golden Fork event was the final instalment in the Great Taste calendar and was staged on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube, with a Golden Fork winner unveiled at regular intervals throughout Thursday 22nd October. 

You can catch up on all of the action here:

Facebook: @greattasteawards Instagram: guildoffinefood

Twitter: @guildoffinefood YouTube: Guild of Fine Food

Website: gff.co.uk/greattaste

Great Taste 2020 Golden Fork award winners:

Golden Fork from London & the South East, sponsored by Stoke Park
Royal Albert Dock Honey
Bermondsey Street Bees
bermondseystreetbees.co.uk

Golden Fork from East Anglia 
Blackcurrant Fruit Cream Ice 
Alder Tree
alder-tree.co.uk

Golden Fork from the Midlands 
Free Range Pork Shoulder 
Redhill Farm Free Range Pork
redhillfarm.com

Golden Fork from the North of England, sponsored by Fine Food Show North 
Bloomsbury Blend 
The Lost Barn Coffee Roasters
lostbarncoffee.co.uk

Golden Fork from Scotland 
1992 Raspberry Liqueur 
Tayport Distillery
tayportdistillery.com

Golden Fork from Northern Ireland, sponsored by Invest NI 
Black Garlic & Porcini Sea Salt 
Craic Foods
craicfoods.com

Golden Fork from Ireland, sponsored by Bord Bia 
Smoked Irish Organic Salmon 
Ummera Smoked Products
ummera.com

Golden Fork from Wales, sponsored by Food and Drink Wales 
Honey Vinegar with Raspberries 
Wenallt Hive 
wenallthive.wales

Golden Fork from the South West, sponsored by Bishop Fleming 
Smoked Pancetta 
Capreolus Fine Foods
capreolusfinefoods.co.uk

Golden Fork for Best Imported Food, sponsored by Speciality & Fine Food Fair
Anchoas Hazas | Anchovies (Spain) 
Anchoas Hazas 
anchoashazas.com

Ambient Product of the Year 
Pine Honey with Chios Mastic
Melira
melirahoney.gr

Nigel Barden Heritage Award, sponsored by Dunbia 
Money For Old Rope 4.8% Stout 
Bespoke Brewing Co.
bespokebrewery.co.uk

Great Taste Startisan of the Year, sponsored by Partridges 
Hilltop Heather Honey
Mountain Honeys
mountainhoneys.com

Charcuterie Product of the Year, sponsored by Fine Food Digest 
Jamon de Bellotta – 100% Iberico Pata Negra
Jamones Juan Pedro Domecq
jamonesjuanpedrodomecq.com/en 

Small Artisan Producer of the Year 
Standout Chocolate
standoutchocolate.com

Contribution to Fine Food, sponsored by the Guild of Fine Food 
Andy & Kathy Swinscoe, The Courtyard Dairy
thecourtyarddairy.co.uk

Details of this year’s 1-, 2- and 3-star winners can be found at greattasteawards.co.uk 

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