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Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards 2019

Great Taste Awards 2019

One star and two star great taste awards

Following the success of a gold star award in 2018 for our Welsh Sticky Gingerbread we entered our Welsh Beetroot Chutney and Welsh Rowan Berry Jelly into the awards. What a thrill to receive a gold star for the Welsh Beetroot Chutney and two gold stars for our Welsh Rowan Berry Jelly!

Welsh Rowan Berry Jelly – Judges comments.

Judges comments: “Fabulous blush pink colour with distinct apple aroma.” “Delightfully light yet aromatic on the palate also, with a pleasing level of bright acidity.” “A beautiful blush colour on the spoon, the palest pink. The apple comes through as sweetness then underpinning is a deeper, more savoury note…bittersweet and smoky Rowan berry” “We feel this would work beautifully with partridge”

Welsh Beetroot Chutney – Judges comments

Judges comments: “Great colour from this wonderful earthy aroma chutney. Excellent texture from the well handled beetroot which is releasing well balanced, sweet and earthy beetroot flavours. Has been excellently balanced between the sweetness and acidity.” “We applaud the texture and the balance of seasoning”

Pantri Swswen is among the Great Taste winners of 2019

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2019. Out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries, Pantri Swswen was awarded a 1-star Great Taste award for our Welsh Beetroot Chutney, which means judges dubbed it a food that delivers fantastic flavour and a 2-star Great Taste award for our Welsh Rowan Berry Jelly, which means judges dubbed it above and beyond delicious.

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.

Lizzie Jones owner of Pantri Swswen, explains: we’re thrilled to have been awarded 2 gold stars for our Welsh Rowan Berry Jelly and Welsh Beetroot Chutney. These awards mean so much to small businesses and we’ll certainly be celebrating our wins with our staff and customers.”.

About the 2019 Great Taste Awards

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is vinegar, granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.

There were 12,772 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 208 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,326 received a 2-star and 3,409 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion, author, Olia Hercules, chef and food writer, Gill Meller, Kavi Thakar from Dishoom, food writer and stylist, Georgina Hayden and author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Sourced Market and Partridges. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste 2019 Supreme Champion.

Great Taste 2019 will reach its exciting finale on Sunday 1 September, when the world of fine food gathers at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London to find out the Great Taste Golden Fork trophy winners for each region, with the final applause reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2019.