Suffolk producers including Scarlett & Mustard, Stoke Sauces and Alder Tree awarded Great Taste Awards
PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 August 2016
Described as 'the Oscars' of the food world, the Great Taste Awards are highly anticipated each year. They are organised by the Guild of Fine Food and each year artisan and speciality food products from around the country are judged and awarded one, two or three stars.
The 2016 Great Taste Awards results have just been announced and an amazing 243 East Anglian-based products have been awarded a highly prized Great Taste accolade.
These products can now display the Great Taste logo, which is a sign to both consumers and retailers that the food is of the best quality. The testing focuses on taste above everything, which is why branding and packaging is removed when judging so that there is no bias.
The Great Taste Awards are judged by some of the most respected chefs, food critics, food writers and restaurateurs.
There are a number of Suffolk producers who are celebrating their Great Taste Award wins, including Scarlett & Mustard, who have an astonishing five products with Great Taste Awards. “We feel totally over the moon to have won another five awards in 2016, taking our grand total to 21 awards in just four years!” said Sandy Ruddock of Scarlett & Mustard. The winning products include Extra Virgin Cold Pressed English Rapeseed Oil, The Colonel’s Poppy Seed Dressing, Rosie’s Doo Dah Balsamic Vinaigrette, Classic Lemon Curd and Red Onion Marmalade.
Sandy continued: “We believe passionately that great taste is all about using the best ingredients and using traditional cooking methods to achieve intense flavour and perfect texture. We don’t use artificial colours or flavours in any of our products, and like to source locally where we can.”
Another winner was Red Chilli Kitchen, which received a one star rating for both its Vietnamese Curry Paste and Vietnamese Miracle Dressing.
Thao Nguyen, owner of Red Chilli Kitchen, said: “To date, I have had a great response from my customers regarding my Vietnamese Curry Paste and my new Vietnamese Miracle Dressing & Marinade. To now get a Great Taste Award for these products really does mean a lot to me.”
Other Suffolk producers who received awards included Hodmedod, Stokes Sauces, Alder Tree, Maynard House and more.
There are also winners from further afield in East Anglia, including Colchester’s Thursday Cottage, which received the coveted three star award for its National Trust Passionfruit curd, a “buttery and moreish” curd with an “enticing nose of fresh passionfruit and intense but not overpowering flavour.”
Norfolk winners include The Norfolk Sloe Company, Booja-Booja, Kettle Foods, FreshGround and more.
The judges will now choose the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2016 from the three star products and also the winners from each region for the Golden Fork Awards.
Judges include 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, Harvey Nichols and Waitrose, James Golding, chef director of THE PIG Hotels, and Kevin Gratton, chef director of HIX Restaurants. The Taste Supreme Champion 2016 and the regional Golden Fork Awards will be announced at The Royal Garden Hotel, London, next month.
n See the full list of winners at www.greattasteawards.co.uk