Over the past few weeks I have been judging for the Great Taste Awards with some of the Country’s finest food producers, experts, journalists and chefs.
At The Eastbury I go out of my way to find the finest ingredients to create menus full of intricate flavours and the Great Taste Awards are all about that unique products full of flavour. The products aren’t presented in packaging and there’s no marketing or promotion taken into account, it’s all about the flavours that jump out at you.
Each year judges blind taste almost 5000 speciality food and drink products from over 1100 producers. Judging takes place in London, Hampshire, Dublin and the Guild of Fine Food HQ in Wincanton, Somerset, where I judged. The results will be announced in mid July 2010.
Whether it’s a perfect piece of smoked salmon, or hand-made black pudding, all that matters is the taste. Not only do I get to try some of the finest food our artisan producers have to offer, the judging process can be a real education. From judging alongside a W.I member that has been tasting the best home baked cakes for over 50 years, to an organic soup producer that appreciates the care and attention required to grow perfect veg, I always learn something that helps me develop my own menus at The Eastbury, and obviously I get to try some fantastic food in the process!