A round up of the winning traders from this year’s Great Taste Awards
For food producers (and, indeed, eaters) The Great Taste Awards are the industry’s equivalent of the Oscars: as judged by a panel of more than 500 expert tasters—which is why Borough is chuffed to announce that this year’s Awards have seen another bout of success for our traders. Here’s a round-up of the winners:
This year saw Oliveology pick up not one but four awards, for their orange blossom honey (one star); kalamata olives with herbs (two stars); kalamata olives with lemon and herbs (two stars); and 17C olive oil with lemons, oranges and thyme, which achieved three stars—the highest possible rating and the first of Oliveology’s carefully curated selection of Greek products to achieve it.
Stellar Spanish food importer—one of Borough’s founding traders—received a dusting of stars, including for its organic acorn-fed Iberico salchichón (three stars); 1605 11-month-minimum-aged manchego (three stars); pablo hot ox chorizo (two stars); and Villarejo semi-cured manchego (two stars).
Another big hitter: Karaway Bakery bagged a total of 19 stars for 13 of their eastern European baked products.
Relative newcomers to the Market Glyn and Pat, who sell a range of handmade fermented and unpasteurised raw foods, have picked up a coveted score of three stars for their ‘It’s Alive!’ smoked siratcha sauce—a melange of smoked vegetables, cider vinegar, garlic, and chilli miso.
Greedy Goat’s ice cream is made in Somerset with milk from their local goat’s herd, and is naturally lower in lactose than the cow’s milk equivalent. They’re no strangers to Great Taste Awards—this year, picking up two stars for their chocolate chip flavour.
Husband and wife Chris and Ana-Maria choose every product carefully from local Croatian producers, with the utmost care for quality and the environment—their painstaking sourcing has once again been rewarded, this time in the form of a two-star rating for their white truffle honey.
Butter Nut of London
Zoe from Butternut is committed to producing nut butters without palm oils and refined sugars. There has been no sacrifice of flavour—happily, the Great Taste judges have rewarded her efforts and given two of her ethical products the commendation they deserve: the pistachio and rose butter (two stars) and the smooth peanut butter (one star).
Chloe from Nibs etc is on a mission to educate and inspire people to reduce their food waste—in the most delicious way. She uses her culinary nous to get the best out of surplus fruit pulp, turning it into delicious brownies, crackers and handmade juice pulp granola—the latter of which won one star at this year’s awards.
Rhug Estate prides itself on producing the best quality organic meat. Their animals are all free range, resulting in not just a higher standard of welfare, but meat with a better texture and fuller flavour than that produced any other way. By way of proof, Rhug’s Dee Valley bronze organic turkey and Dee Valley organic goose have this year both been awarded one star.
Bermondsey Street Bees
Bermondsey Street Bees offer up the sweet taste of SE1—and do their bit to promote diversity in the inner city while they’re at it. Recognising the role of plants and bees as an important part of our eco system, as responsible beekeepers they play an active role in planting new forage, ensuring Bermondsey remains bee friendly. Their Bermondsey Street Honey, which can be found in the Borough Market Store along with their biodegradable wax wrap, won a coveted three stars.