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!”
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:
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
Golden Fork from East Anglia
Blackcurrant Fruit Cream Ice
Golden Fork from the Midlands
Free Range Pork Shoulder
Redhill Farm Free Range Pork
Golden Fork from the North of England, sponsored by Fine Food Show North
The Lost Barn Coffee Roasters
Golden Fork from Scotland
1992 Raspberry Liqueur
Golden Fork from Northern Ireland, sponsored by Invest NI
Black Garlic & Porcini Sea Salt
Golden Fork from Ireland, sponsored by Bord Bia
Smoked Irish Organic Salmon
Ummera Smoked Products
Golden Fork from Wales, sponsored by Food and Drink Wales
Honey Vinegar with Raspberries
Golden Fork from the South West, sponsored by Bishop Fleming
Capreolus Fine Foods
Golden Fork for Best Imported Food, sponsored by Speciality & Fine Food Fair
Anchoas Hazas | Anchovies (Spain)
Ambient Product of the Year
Pine Honey with Chios Mastic
Nigel Barden Heritage Award, sponsored by Dunbia
Money For Old Rope 4.8% Stout
Bespoke Brewing Co.
Great Taste Startisan of the Year, sponsored by Partridges
Hilltop Heather Honey
Charcuterie Product of the Year, sponsored by Fine Food Digest
Jamon de Bellotta – 100% Iberico Pata Negra
Jamones Juan Pedro Domecq
Small Artisan Producer of the Year
Contribution to Fine Food, sponsored by the Guild of Fine Food
Andy & Kathy Swinscoe, The Courtyard Dairy
Details of this year’s 1-, 2- and 3-star winners can be found at greattasteawards.co.uk