Nathan Outlaw, Valentine Warner, John Torode, Michel Roux Jr, along with other celebrated chefs, food personalities and critics, have revealed their British food favourites in the Great British Food Awards, the benchmark of excellence for artisan food grown and crafted in the UK.
Representing the Best of British across 20 categories, this year’s winning products included an “absolute gem” of a rosé brut from Axminster, an “outstanding” dry cured bacon from Ludlow and a “seriously beautiful” gin from Wales.
“The quality and innovative ideas that British artisan producers are bringing to the marketplace is quite extraordinary,” says British chef, restaurateur and regular judge, Nathan Outlaw. “I’ve seen that over the past three years of judging for the Great British Food awards. This year I had the pleasure of sampling baked goods and am happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed. The standard continues to improve year on year and the passion these producers have for what they are doing shines through in their products.”
Great British Food readers judged across a further 20 categories with a record 11,400 participating. Mary Berry was voted their favourite British TV personality and Nigel Slater won the accolade of Best Food Writer. Readers’ favourite British Food Brand was luxury snack producer Tyrrells, and River Cottage’s popular courses ensured they won the Best Cookery School category. Best Independent Online Retailer went to The Cheese Shed, the Devon-based emporium of artisan cheese, and some of the Regional Independent Retailer winners included The Scottish Deli in Perthshire, Pheasants’ Hill Farm in Downpatrick, Foxholes Farm Shop in Herfordshire and Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton and Skipton.
“Yet again, I was impressed beyond expectation by the outstanding quality of entries,” says Natasha Lovell-Smith, editor of Great British Food magazine and chair of the judging panel. “They came from every corner of the UK and short-listing the products for the judging finals was no mean feat. Our judges are all celebrated in their fields, and all were extremely complimentary about the quality of the shortlisted products. All our winners, runners up and finalists should be very proud indeed.”
All winning products, along with comments from the judges, are showcased in the October issue of Great British Food, out 8th September 2017, and will also be showcased in Speciality Food magazine. Editorial and online coverage of winning products will continue throughout the year. Entries for the 2018 awards, with extended categories, will open again in the spring and be announced in the April edition of Great British Food.