CAKES and ice cream produced by two Huddersfield firms proved too tempting for judges in a regional competition.
Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream and Proper Maid were among the winners of the deliciouslyorkshire Awards run by the Regional Food Group.
Denby Dale-based Yummy Yorkshire scooped two prizes – for best dairy product and supreme product of the year.
And an unusual dandelion and burdock cake made by Marsh-based Proper Maid won the category for bakery product.
The company prides itself on developing cakes with a twist, producing a very innovative range.
Allison Whitmarsh, of Proper Maid, said: “Our products are very innovative, so we’re very pleased that the judges think they stand out from the crowd.
“We wanted to produce cakes that we feel are unique, but that would still appeal to a wide range of people.
“Winning this award helps us to believe that we’re moving in the right direction.”
Yummy Yorkshire beat off stiff competition with its popular Lou’s Liquorice Ice Cream in the fifth annual delicious-lyorkshire Awards, which were held at Rudding Park, Harrogate.
Judges gave this year’s dairy category nominees the highest scores ever – and decided that Yummy Yorkshire’s entry was “not a gimmick, but a well-made, grown up product.”
The company has developed more than 50 recipes of traditional, seasonal and contemporary ice cream produced using locally sourced ingredients.
Louise Holmes, of Yummy Yorkshire, said: “Winning the dairy award and especially the supreme product award is very important to us and serves as recognition of the long and difficult process we went through to perfect this recipe.
“We hope that customers will agree that this is a great product – and seeing a deliciouslyorkshire accolade attached to it should certainly help.”
The awards, which were hosted by BBC Radio 2’s resident “foodie” Nigel Barden, celebrate the best food producers in the region.
Twenty-five expert judges put their taste buds to the test on a record 268 entries – travelling more than 550 miles mystery shopping and spending 112 hours judging.
Regional Food Group chief executive Jonathan Knight said: “Yorkshire and Humber is home to some of the world’s best-known food companies and most passionate small enterprises.
“We have more than 1,100 food and drink producers employing about 55,000 people and with a combined turnover in excess of £8bn.
“With supermarkets increasingly stocking regional products and more consumers saying they want to buy local and know where their food comes from, regional food is on the rise.”