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Ludlow Triumphs in Great British Food Awards

Nathan Outlaw, Valentine Warner, John Torode, Michel Roux Jr, along with other celebrated chefs, food personalities and critics, have revealed their British food favourites in the Great British Food Awards, the benchmark of excellence for artisan food grown and crafted in the UK.

The Great British Food Awards were launched in 2014 to celebrate the country’s finest home-grown ingredients, as well as the hard-working folk who produce and cook with them. This year, the awards were bigger and better than ever, with 20 award categories that represent the huge spectrum of fine farm produce on the market, the awards saw an unprecedented number of great quality entries. The awards seek out products with stellar British credentials, and close attention was paid to the provenance of the ingredients.

Representing the Best of British across 20 categories, this year's winning products included an "absolute gem" of a rosé brut from Axminster, an "outstanding" dry cured bacon from Ludlow and a "seriously beautiful" gin from Wales.

As well as an “outstanding” dry cured bacon that wowed the judges and won in the ‘Best Bacon’ category, Ludlow Food Centre’s Blood Orange & Gin Marmalade also impressed them and won in the ‘Best Sweet preserve/sauce’ category and their Mince Pies made it to the shortlist.

"Yet again, I was impressed beyond expectation by the outstanding quality of entries," says Natasha Lovell-Smith, editor of Great British Food magazine and chair of the judging panel. "They came from every corner of the UK and short-listing the products for the judging finals was no mean feat. Our judges are all celebrated in their fields, and all were extremely complimentary about the quality of the shortlisted products. All our winners, runners up and finalists should be very proud indeed."

Jon Edwards, Managing Director at Ludlow Food Centre, added: “We are so lucky to have such skilled artisans across the entire business. The passion, dedication and skill that goes in to each of Ludlow Food Centre’s products is second to none, and I’m delighted that 2 of our products produced in The Butchery and Jams & Pickles kitchen have been recognised in these prestigious awards. We our over the moon that the expert judges loved our products as much as we do!”

All winning products, along with comments from the judges, are showcased in the October issue of Great British Food, out 8th September 2017, and will also be showcased in Speciality Food magazine. Editorial and online coverage of winning products will continue throughout the year. Entries for the 2018 awards, with extended categories, will open again in the spring and be announced in the April edition of Great British Food.

The Ludlow Food Centre is open seven days a week, Mon-Sat 9.00am – 5.30pm, Sunday 9.00am – 4.30pm has ample free parking and good disabled access. Telephone 01584 856000 for further information or visit the website www.ludlowfoodcentre.co.uk.

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