Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2019. Out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries, Saputo Dairy UK was recognised with two awards at this year’s event, receiving a 2-star for its Cathedral City Vintage cheddar as well as a 1-star for Davidstow 3-Year Vintage Reserve cheddar.
Securing a 2-star rating, signifying ‘above and beyond delicious’, Cathedral City Vintage was commended by the judges for its wonderfully balanced, full flavoured profile, with buttery dairy sweetness and a rich, lasting savoury finish together with good bite and a creamy texture.
Davidstow 3 Year Vintage Reserve, which was awarded a 1-star in the taste test, was meanwhile described by the judges as ‘a rich, flavourful, sharp cheddar’ with a ‘wonderfully crumbly texture and a definite crunch, culminating in a pleasing savoury finish’.
Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, the Great Taste award is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a fantastic tasting product, which has been validated through hours and hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.
Lee Willett, marketing director at Saputo Dairy UK, comments: “It is a real honour that two of the everyday cheddars produced at our Davidstow creamery have been judged worthy of this prestigious accreditation (often associated with speciality and artisan products). This recognition is testament to the exceptional levels of passion, expertise and care that are given to each of the brands under the Saputo Dairy UK umbrella, to ensure that every product is made to our exactingly high standards, and delivers consistently great flavour.”
Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste recognises taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is vinegar, granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.
There were 12,772 entries into Great Taste this year, of which 208 were awarded a 3-star, 1,326 received a 2-star and 3,409 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion, author, Olia Hercules, chef and food writer, Gill Meller, Kavi Thakar from Dishoom, food writer and stylist, Georgina Hayden and author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Sourced Market and Partridges.