Two Huddersfield food firms have landed awards for their scrumptious fare.
Ice cream company Yummy Yorkshire and Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop were among the winners of the Great Taste Awards.
Denby Dale-based Yummy Yorkshire, run by Jeremy and Louise Holmes, picked up three awards – getting a two star gold rating for its basil flavoured ice cream while its coconut & mango and black garlic flavours each received a one star gold rating.
It is the sixth consecutive year in which Yummy Yorkshire has won Great Taste Awards, bringing its total number of awards by the Guild of Fine Food to nine.
The Great Taste Awards are acknowledged by producers, retailers and consumers as the definitive, independent benchmark for speciality food and drink.
They have been described as “the Oscars” of the food world and the “epicurean equivalent of the Booker Prize”.
The 2013 Great Taste Awards saw a record number of almost 10,000 products entered, which were blind tasted by 405 independent experts comprising key buyers, retailers, chefs and food writers. Foods are judged on appearance, texture and taste by at least three different judging panels at three different venues over a period of 45 days.
Yummy Yorkshire co-founder Jeremy Holmes said: “Winning not one but three individual Great Taste Awards is a major achievement for a small, family run business like ours, especially for the sixth year in a row.
“We like to try and break the boundaries a little to create unusual flavours using regional producers where possible so it’s a great honour to also receive awards for them.
Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop, based at Netherton, won a Great Taste gold star for its Yorkshire Fed Rindless Back Bacon – which judges described as “reminiscent of the 1950s” and one expert called “good looking, with a good old fashioned flavour”.
It is the second year in a row that the farm shop’s bacon has been selected – out of 10,000 entries – to receive a gold star at the prestigious awards.
Farm shop director Simon Hirst said: “We’re well-known for our home bred beef, our sausages and our champion pork pies, but it’s great to get recognition for our back bacon again too.
“Our highly-skilled butchers put a lot of old-fashioned care and attention into our meat products – the long-forgotten skills you would have found in a butcher’s shop 60 or more years ago – and it’s great to know the judges saw that too.”
Yummy Yorkshire has also been shortlisted in the eighth annual deliciouslyorkshire Awards for two ice cream flavours; Hazelnut and Toffee & Cherry.
The hotly contested annual food and drink awards, which form the campaigning brand for the Regional Food Group for Yorkshire and Humber (RFG), are designed to showcase the best food and drink in the region.
The company will find out whether it has won an award at a star-studded ceremony to be held at the National Railway Museum on September 25 as part of York Food and Drink Festival.