Food & drink champions announced at the County Ground
The Champions of the 2015 Taste of the West Product Awards and the winners of the 2015 Taste of the West Hospitality & Retail Awards were announced earlier this week at a prestigious ceremony here at the County Ground, Taunton.
The Awards, now in their 22nd year, celebrate the best in food and drink across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire and are a benchmark for excellence across the region. In 2015, nearly 1,000 products and over 300 hospitality and retail establishments entered the awards, with an incredibly high standard being set for judges from which to select winners.
At this weeks ceremony, the overall winners of each of the Hospitality & Retail classes were announced, followed by the Champions of each Product Category. Also announced were the winners of the Local Food in Schools & Colleges and the winner of the Carol Trewin Producer of the Year award. The ceremony culminated in the announcement of the coveted Supreme Champion award, won by Favis of Salcombe for their White Crab Meat.
The ceremony was attended by over 300 people, with representatives from award winning producers, hospitality establishments, retailers, top chefs, food writers and others involved with and supporting the industry. A special lunch menu was also created using Taste of the West Award winning products from across the region.
John Sheaves, Chief Executive of Taste of the West, announced the winners who were presented with their awards by consultant chef and champion judge Peter Gorton.
John Sheaves said, “Our goal as the Regional Food Group for this region is to build our collaborative brand based on our core values – Quality, Integrity and Provenance. These awards underpin those values and strengthen the brand, a brand which is attracting considerable interest from new markets – both nationally and internationally, and is now opening up new opportunities for the region’s foodie sector. I am delighted with the standard this year and there is a real energy and excitement about our group now which is very gratifying.”
A full list of overall hospitality & retail winners and Champions of each product category can be viewed by clicking here