Redhill Farm Free Range Loin of Pork has been judged to be the number one speciality food in the Midlands and East Anglia region in the 2014 Great Taste Awards, the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.
A distinguished panel of judges including Sheila Dillon, Presenter of BBC Radio 4 Food Programme and Food Critic and journalist, Charles Campion, blind-tasted in teams to ensure a balance of expertise, age and gender, and commented:
”Lovely looking rack of pork. Golden skin and savoury aromas. The texture is very tender and it carves very well. The fat is nice and sweet and the crackling came up very well. Full ﬂavoured pork as it should be.”
The judges also awarded it a 3 star Gold and selected it as one of the Top 50 Foods in Britain before nominating it for a prestigious Golden Fork Award.
The Great Taste Awards are renowned as the Fine Food Oscars and the 3 star-system is their equivalent of Michelin Stars for food producers. Of the 10,000 entries submitted this year, 153 were awarded the ultimate three-star gold with only 9 Golden Forks awarded for Best Regional Speciality. The judging is a lengthy process – everything is blind tasted by knowledgeable teams of judges. Great Taste is simply about taste and quality.
Redhill Farm’s Golden Fork Award for Best Speciality Food in the Midlands and East Anglia was presented to owners Jane and Terry Tomlinson at the Great Taste Golden Fork Dinner on Monday 8 September at the Royal Gardens Hotel, Kensington – an event which invites hundreds of food producers, speciality food buyers, fine food retailers, chefs and food journalists.
“This is an amazing accolade for us and comes at an important time as we move into our new purpose built production facilities and new farm shop to showcase our national award winning free range pork products to visiting chefs and food writers and provide a light, airy retail environment for our loyal customers.
The judges’ comments are fantastic. We set out to farm and produce the very best free range pork and to be selected as the number one speciality food in a region the size of the Midlands and East Anglia is the most incredible recognition for all our efforts,” comments MD Jane Tomlinson.