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We Are Delighted To Inform You That Our Stallholders Spice Kitchen Have Won A Prestigious Great Taste Award
Posted on: 24.08.2015 by Spice Kitchen
Great Taste 2015 Announces New Stars And Spice Kitchen Is A Winner
Nationwide | 24.08.2015

The world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, Great Taste, has just released the Great Taste stars of 2015 and Spice Kitchen is amongst the producers celebrating as its Garam Masala is now able to proudly carry the little gold and black Great Taste logo. 

Recognised as a stamp of excellence,Great Taste values taste above all else, with branding and packaging ignored. Whether it is cheese, ale, steak or chutney being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar or bottle before being tasted. 

"This is our first time entering the Great Taste Awards and we decided to opt for our Garam Masala blend only which is part of our family heritage as well as our business" explains Sanjay Aggarwal, founder of Spice Kitchen. "We are delighted with the gold star that has been awarded by the Great Taste Awards and we hope to be running some supperclubs and tasting evenings in the near future."

There were 10,000 Great Taste entries this year. The panel of judges included Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Campion, TV presenter and cook, Aggie Mackenzie, Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn, Masterchef the Professionals finalist, Adam Handling, food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer, and chefs including James Golding, Chef Director of The Pig hotel group, who have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the 2015 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the new 2015 Supreme Champion. 

On Monday 7 September, at a nail-biting Awards’ Dinner at the Royal Garden Hotel, London, the great and the good from the world of fine food will gather to hear who has won the Golden Fork Awards and the final applause will be reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2015.  

Good luck to Spice Kitchen on Monday 7 September, at the Golden Fork Awards’ Dinner at the Royal Garden Hotel from the Stall & Craft Collective team.

Click HERE to view the Spice Kitchen Stallholder page including their award winning Garam Masala.

 

For more information: Sanjay Aggarwal, Spice Kitchen on soldwithlove@spicekitchenuk.com

For those of you who are not familar with Great Taste please read on .......

What is Great Taste?

Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for specialty and fine food & drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands.           

Since 1994 over 100,000 products have been evaluated. This year 10,000 products were blind-tasted by panels of specialists: top chefs, cookery writers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers.

What are Great Taste judges looking for?

They’re looking for great texture and appearance. They judge the quality of ingredients and how well the maker has put the food or drink together. But above all, they are looking for truly great taste.

How do they work?

Working in small teams, experts taste 25 foods in each sitting, discussing each product as a coordinating food writer transcribes their comments directly onto the Great Taste website which producers access after judging is completed. Over the years, numerous food businesses, start-ups and well established producers have been advised how to modify their foods and have subsequently gone on to achieve Great Taste stars.

Any food that a judging team believes is worthy of Great Taste stars is judged by at least two further teams. Only when there is a consensus will an award be given – that means at least 16 judges will have tasted every accredited product. For a Great Taste 3-star award, every single judge attending the session, which can be as many as 40 experts, must unanimously agree the food delivers that indescribable ‘wow’ factor.

What should consumers look for?

The logo. The Great Taste symbol is their guarantee a product has been through a rigorous and independent judging process. It’s not about smart packaging or clever marketing – it’s all about taste.

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