London-based Pepper and Stew has won a Gold Great Taste 2012 award for its African cooking sauce, Egusi Stew Sauce.
Pepper and Stew describes itself as a producer of quality, authentic African sauces and condiments.
The company’s first range is a collection of cooking sauces from west and south Africa. It comprises a spicy Jollof Sauce, Palm Nut Sauce, sweet and savoury Cape Malay Curry and the award-winning hot & smoky Egusi Stew Sauce. The range is currently being stocked by top speciality food store Partridges in Sloane Square, London.
The Great Taste awards are run by the Guild of Fine Food and have been described as the epicurean equivalent of the Booker Prize. In 2012 a total of 8,807 different food and drink products were entered into the competition.
According to Pepper and Stew, the Great Taste Award demonstrates it produces quality, 100% natural products and there is a place for African cuisine in the UK. The company claims to have worked hard to ensure its products bring a refreshingly new exotic taste to the UK market and this award will add a significant boost as it plans to distribute more widely across the UK.
Of all the entries into Great Taste 2012, only 123 gained a coveted 3-star gold; with the top 50 from those nominated for a Golden Fork Award, the highest accolade in fine food and drink, which will be announced at the Awards’ dinner at London’s Royal Garden Hotel in September 2012.
Judges this year included Masterchef winner and restaurateur Mat Follas, restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Charles Campion, food writers Lucas Hollweg and Xanthe Clay and over 300 food buyers from leading food halls, delicatessens and farm shops, including Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.