Food producers from Devon and Cornwall triumph in industry Oscars
The cream of Devon and Cornwall’s food and drink industry have been rewarded for their passion and commitment to the very best produce the region can offer.
At the annual Taste of the West awards this afternoon, Westcountry producers walked away with an armful of awards in a ceremony featuring Mitch Tonks, celebrity chef and owner of Dartmouth’s The Seahorse.
There were 166 Gold award-winning products competing in the 22 ‘Best Of’ categories, with an astonishing six won by producers from Devon and two by Cornish producers.
Taste of the West chief executive John Sheaves said there was some amazing food and drink on offer.
“Cornwall and Devon produces food and drink of an exceptionally high quality and continues to thrive in the Taste of the West Awards,” he said.
“For Cornwall to win two ‘Best Of’ category awards and two Hospitality and Retail Awards is an excellent achievement.
“For Devon to win six ‘Best Of’ category awards, a ‘Best Of Packaging’ award and a Hospitality and Retail Award is a remarkable achievement.
“Our congratulations go to all the Cornish award winners on their outstanding success at this year’s awards.”
At the event, held at Bristol, the Carol Trewin South West Producer of the Year, given in honour of the passionate advocate of Westcountry food and former Western Morning News journalist, was awarded to The Watercress Company Ltd.
Firms to have triumphed with a ‘Best of’ award in Cornwall include the Cornish Charcuterie in the Ready Meals, Soup & Light Eats’ category. The company was awarded the ‘Best Of’ accolade for their Pork Rillette.
Meanwhile The Cornish Duck Company Ltd’s Duck Burger received the ‘Best Of’ award in the Burgers, Faggots & Meatballs category.
Hospitality and Retail Awards were awarded to The Cornish Pizza Company, who won Best South West Local Food Takeaway ,and Wing of St Mawes, who were awarded Best South West Online Retailer.
Meanwhile in Devon, producers who were celebrating include Highfield Preserves Ltd, winner of the Savoury Preserves category; Hillside Speciality Foods who won the Best Of Packaging category; Four Elms Fruit Farm winner of the Non-Alcoholic Drinks category; Mike's Smokehouse winner of the Fish Produce category; Pork Heaven from Devon winner of the Sausages category; Sharpham Partnership Ltd, winner of the Cheese category and The Wonky Kitchen, winner of the Confectionery category.
This is the second year in a row that both Pork Heaven from Devon and Sharpham Partnership Ltd have won ‘Best Of’ for their sausages and cheese, respectively.
The Best South West Restaurant’ was awarded to Devon’s Moorland Garden Hotel in the Hospitality & Retail Awards.
The awards are the result of painstaking work over the last few months by a panel of anonymous, independent expert judges visited all the registered establishments.
Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards were awarded on merit, based on a scoring system.
The judges’ criteria included looking at the extent of local sourcing, communication, quality and speed of service, quality of meal, atmosphere and ambiance of the place and value for money.