Nathan Outlaw, Valentine Warner, John Torode, Michel Roux Jr, along with other celebrated chefs, food personalities and critics, have revealed their favourite British artisan products in 2017’s Great British Food Awards, the benchmark of excellence for British artisan food
Representing the best of British from across 20 categories, this year's winning products included an “absolute gem” of a Rosé Brut from Axminster, an “outstanding” dry cured bacon from Ludlow and a “seriously beautiful” gin from Wales.
Nathan Outlaw, British chef, restaurateur and regular judge said, “The quality and innovative ideas that British artisan producers are bringing to the marketplace is quite extraordinary. I’ve seen that over the past three years of judging for of the Great British Food awards. This year I had the pleasure of sampling baked goods and am happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed. The standard continues to improve year-on-year and the passion these producers have for what they are doing shines through in their products.”
Great British Food magazine readers judged across a further 20 categories with a record 11,400 participating. Mary Berry was voted their favourite British TV personality and Nigel Slater won the accolade of Best Food Writer. Readers' favourite British Food Brand was luxury snack brand Tyrrells, and the River Cottage's popular courses ensured they won the Best Cookery School category. Best Independent Online Retailer went to The Cheese Shed, the Devon-based emporium of artisan cheese, and some of the Regional Independent Retailer winners included The Scottish Deli in Perthshire, Pheasants' Hill Farm in Downpatrick, Foxholes Farm Shop in Herfordshire and Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton and Skipton.
Natasha Lovell-Smith, editor of Great British Food and chair of the judging panel said, “Yet again, I was impressed beyond expectation by the outstanding quality of entries. They came from every corner of the UK and just the process of shortlisting them for the judging finals was no mean feat. Our judges are all celebrated in their fields, and all were extremely complimentary about the quality of the shortlisted products. All our winners, runners up and finalists should be very proud indeed.”