By MICHAEL LANE
The Top 50 foods in Britain have been revealed after the final judging of the 2012 Great Taste Awards at London's Royal Garden Hotel yesterday.
Winners include Capra Nouveau, a Vacherin-style goats’ milk cheese from Shropshire artisan producer Brockhall Farm and a pear juice pressed and bottled at Worcestershire’s Pershore Horticultural College.
Last year’s supreme champion McCartney’s of Moira saw both its famous corned beef and a new corned pork make the cut as did J. Lawrie & Sons, whose Jaffy’s Mallaig kippers won best Scottish speciality last year.
Each of the top 50 products – chosen from the 123 entries awarded a coveted three-star gold earlier this year – is now in contention for the Golden Fork awards to be held in London in September and the title of Great Taste Supreme Champion.
This year a record 8,807 products were entered into the Great Taste scheme run by the Guild of Fine Food.
More than 300 judges took part this year, including Masterchef winner and restaurateur Mat Follas, restaurant critic Charles Campion, food writers Lucas Hollweg and Xanthe Clay and over 300 food buyers from leading food halls, delicatessens and farm shops.
A full list of the Great Taste Top 50 can be found here