Sep 6, 2012

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The Great Taste Awards 2012

The Great Taste Awards 2012

Bob Farrand, founder and chief judge of the Great Taste Awards has quite possibly one of the best jobs in the world. Credit to him, he created an event prestigious enough to attract some of the UK’s very best food producers/restaurants and gave himself the oh so difficult job of having to taste his way to a winner…every year. This year there were approximately 9,000 specialty food and drinks in the running for the prize and Farrand, along with a few others, was charged with the task of trying each and every one of them. This year’s top spot went to an Italian-style dish called guanciale made by Hannan Meats in Northern Ireland but there a fair few close contenders who caught the attention of the volunteer judges. In fact it took around 45 days to work through the foods on offer which included everything form tea, coffee, beer and cider, to artisan products like smoked salmon and Iranian nougat. Out of the 9,000 different products up for the awards 123 received the coveted three-star Great Taste Awards rating that will appear on their products for the next year – a marker of the quality of the produce and a great advantage in attracting the attention of major food retailers across the world.

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