- After a previously unseen quantity of excellent entries, the shortlist of UK-made products for the 2018 Great British Food Awards has been set.
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The awards, which are in their fourth year, sets out to find the finest home-grown products the UK has to offer. The shortlist, which was determined by a highly-skilled team of in-house experts, will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges and industry experts, including Michel Roux Jr, Monica Galetti, and Jimmy Doherty.
The shortlist categories are divided as such: Fresh Meat, Charcuterie, Butcher’s Corner, Fish & Seafood, Gin, Cider, English Wine, Spirits, Beer, Non-Alcoholic Drink, Store Cupboard, Cooking Oil, Savoury Preserve, Sweet Preserve, Ready Made, Subscription Box, Sweet Bake, Savoury Bake, Free From, Gluten Free, Healthy Boost, Cheese, Dairy, Confectionery, and Savoury Snack. The full list can be found at: greatbritishfoodmagazine.com/producerawards/shortlist.
Natasha Lovell-Smith, editor of Great British Food, said: “The standard of entries has been truly exceptional this year, ranging from British-made ghee to a black garlic pickle, wagyu steaks and rhubarb gin. We’re all about boosting small local producers, who may be well known in their regions but have yet to get the national recognition we think they deserve – and I’ve been delighted to see entries from every corner of the UK. With the amazing quality on offer, putting together our shortlist was certainly a difficult task.”
Category winners will be announced in the November issue of Great British Food magazine, which is on sale as of the 11th of October. The 2018 awards will also see the inclusion of a ‘Grand Champion’ award for the best product across categories. This award will be determined by the buyers at Ocado and will be based on criteria such as account provenance, packaging, and innovation, although taste will be the primary factor.