Swoon Gelato scoops Supreme Champion title at Great Taste 2019
For the first time in Great Taste’s 25-year history, a gelato has been named Supreme Champion – but this one was made in the West Country even if the key ingredient is from Italy.
Swoon Gelato’s Nocciola gelato is made with hazelnuts sourced from a single fourth-generation grower in Piedmont resulting in a product that judges described as “faultless” in texture and flavour.
Despite setting up in 2016, Swoon is no stranger to impressing Great Taste judges, having won four 3-star awards and the Golden Fork for Producer of the Year in 2017 and seeing nine different creations winning awards in 2018.
This year it went even better by being crowned as the best of all 12,772 entries from over 100 different countries submitted to the Guild of Fine Food, Great Taste’s organiser.
Swoon’s team collected the trophy – as well as the Golden Fork from the South West – at the Great Taste Golden Fork Dinner held on Sunday 1st September at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel London.
The gelato had to see off a strong field of regional Golden Fork winners competing for the top prize, including Redhill Farm’s Free Range Shoulder of Pork (Golden Fork from the Midlands), Dark Woods Coffee’s Panama La Huella (Golden Fork from the North), Kreme dela Kremlin Imperial Russian Stout (Golden Fork from Northern Ireland) and a heather mead from New Quay Honey Farm / Afon Mêl (Golden Fork from Wales).
There were also two other frozen treats in the Golden Fork line-up: Hadley’s Dairy’s Burnt Honey Ice Cream (Golden Fork from East Anglia) and a vegan Salted Caramel & Liquorice gelato from Brighton’s Gelato Gusto (Golden Fork from London & the South East).
After winning a remarkable 19 Great Taste awards for its preserves this year alone (and some 75 since 2012), Gloucestershire’s Artisan Kitchen was named the Great Taste Small Artisan Producer of the Year.
Dorset-based producer Capreolus Fine Foods won the Great Taste Charcuterie Product of the Year (sponsored by Fine Food Digest) for its guanciale while Telegraph food writer Xanthe Clay was presented with the Contribution to Fine Food award.
A record-breaking 12,772 products were entered into Great Taste 2019, with 3,409 awarded 1-star, 1,326 awarded 2-star and 208 awarded 3-star.
More than 500 critics, chefs, restaurateurs, retailers and food writers were involved across 75 days of judging at the Guild’s premises in Dorset and London, as well as specialist judging venues.
The panel who chose this year’s Golden Fork winners included Melissa Hemsley (Hemsley + Hemsley) former MasterChef champion and charcutier Dhruv Baker, Dishoom’s Kavi Thakar, as well as buyers from Partridges, Selfridges and Sourced Market.