The results are out and this year we’ve managed to bring home 6 Great Taste Awards!
Widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme in the world, Great Taste champions artisan and speciality food producers from across the country. Over 12,300 products were judged this year and less than 1,200 were given two-star awards.
Our Asian BBQ Ribs from our signature Taste of Asian Range made the cut and came as a shining example of outstanding culinary excellence with 2 stars. Also, our Miso Chicken, Honey Soy Chicken and Miso Glazed Salmon collectively won 1 star.
This year over 500 judges, including specially trained food writers came together at 65 judging days from March through to early July.
There were 12,634 products entered with only 192 achieving the highest and most coveted rating; three stars. We had 1,207 foods grabbing 2 stars and 3,254 were awarded a 1 star. That means only 37% of entries were accredited.
Here’s what the judges has to say about our meals:
Asian BBQ Ribs - Two Stars
"An impressive looking dish with delicious aromas and generous pieces of pork."
"Inventive idea with an interesting blend of Japanese flavours."
Thai Beef Salad - Two Stars
"Looks like a homemade lunch box rather than a supermarket ready-meal. Zesty dressing, not too sweet or syrupy, tastes homemade..."
"The judges felt that the flavour combinations were really good, and that the sauce worked with all the elements, elevating them substantially, together with vibrant fresh mint. Very clean delivery with long lasting finish."
Miso Glazed Salmon - One Star
"Visually this product has the "wow" factor. The salmon is succulent, moist and well flavoured; the rice is tasty, the meal has a good range of texture from the soft rice, the crispness of the radish and edamame. It is a very extravagant ready-meal."
Grilled Miso Chicken - One Star
"A lovely tasting product with stunning rice."
"Chicken with skin has great flavour, the meat is tender and juicy, really delicious. Good crunch on the vegetables. Aubergine has retained texture and is not mushy."
Honey Soy Chicken - One Star
"Visually this product has a wow factor - it is a stunning ready meal and looks very appetising. The chicken is succulent, melts in the mouth and is enhanced by the yakitori sauce. It goes well with the soft rice and the crispiness of the broccoli. It is impressive that the broccoli is cooked just right, not too soggy or raw. The takuan gives a contrasting flavour which works well with the overall dish. The edamame are beautifully al dente."
Yuzu Chilli Truffles - One Star
"This is a highly innovative product more like a brownie than a chocolate. It has a delicious flavour with well-balanced ingredients and the yuzu juice flavour comes through."
And a word from our Head Chef Benn:
“My amazing team have produced another incredible result at this years Great Taste Awards. I am so proud of every person that works so hard day in day out to achieve such an incredible result, it’s the ultimate reward and the credit they all deserve.”
2018 has been a successful year thus far; we hope for much of the same in the 2019 awards!