Great Taste Awards - behind the scenes

71GTA-Guild-of-Fine-FoodNot only did we serve our Burren Smoked Irish Salmon to the Queen of England, but we also created four winners at the Great Taste Awards 2013!



Three of them achieved the highest score: 3-stars.



GTA 2013 comment all winning products

The different stages of the tastings took a long time, several months even. This does not come as a surprise considering that there were almost 10,000 food products that needed to be tasted and re-tasted. It is the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.

The clue is in the name - "Great Taste Awards" are simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging.  Judges are presented with, for example, a piece of cheese, a pie or a little dish of chutney, with no wrappings, jars or marks. And they taste, confer and re-taste before making the decision on whether a product should be a 1-, 2- or 3-star winner.  In total, more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product.

Birgitta Hedin Curtin, owner-manager of the Burren Smokehouse, is delighted: "Apart from been given the honour to supply our Burren Smoked Irish Wild Salmon for the Irish State Dinner for Queen Elizabeth II at her historical visit to Ireland in May 2011, this is the sweetest success of our company's 24 year history".

Out of almost 10,000 products entered into Great Taste 2013, just 125 have been awarded 3-stars.  All 3-star products have been re-judged by a panel including “Masterchef” judge and restaurant critic Charles Champion, food buyers from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Food Markets as well as Michelin Star chef Russell Brown.

These illustrious people have together decided on the 2013 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners as well as the new 2013 Supreme Champion.

On Monday, 9 September, at a nail-biting Awards’ Dinner at the Royal Gardens Hotel, London, the great and the good from the world of fine food will gather to hear who has won the Golden Fork Awards and the final applause will be reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2013.