Awards season is underway here in London – and I don’t mean for film, theatre or song – but for food! The Great Taste judging just wrapped up after several months of tasting. Over 500 judges in two locations tried some 12,0000 products in a wide spectrum of categories; one, two and three stars were awarded to the very best tasting products. The awards were established by the Guild of Fine Food in 1993 and have become a touchstone of quality for specialty food and drink throughout the UK.
I was honored to participate in the judging this year. Each session consisted of blind tasting about 20 products over the course of 3 hours. Here’s a few shots from one day:
From amazing halibut, juicy pork with perfect crackling, moreish meat pie and weird pureed mystery to
luscious cheese, crunchy pecan brittle, lemony cake and velvet gelato – my palate was dazzled. Not everything was yummy but the judges and their coordinator worked together to provide ample feedback on each entry to their producer. The finalists will be announced in August.
So when you see this logo:
you know the product is bound to be of GREAT TASTE!
EAT THIS BREAD
Here’s a shout out to my friend Alex Sumner who’s Well-Bread bakery was mentioned in a piece in the London Times on best places to live in London. She fashions crusty loaves using organic flour with loving hands then delivers to customers in Teddington and Kingston. You can also arrange to pick up bread from her home. Check out the website for all the varieties as well as the weekly special.