Great Taste Awards 2023: 6 of the best three-star winners
It’s that time of year again… Excitement is building for the Great Taste Golden Forks ceremony on 11 September, where the Supreme Champion will be revealed. Ahead of that we’ve rounded up half a dozen of the best Great Taste 3-Star products we reckon should be on your shopping list. Find the full list of all the nominees and winners at the Great Taste Awards website.
Our 6 favourite three-star winners
Up your curry game
…Or try this organic West Country-made ghee for cooking sublime roasties, taking advantage of the rich flavour and naturally high smoke point. It’s produced in small batches using butter from organic grass-fed cattle.
Happy Butter Organic Ghee, £9.50 for 300g, Ocado and Happy Butter
Ace the acid
Lee Kum Kee is a brand held in high esteem and this rice vinegar wowed the Great Taste judges with its wonderful complexity of flavour. Your new storecupboard essential.
What the judges said… “A powerful vinegar with brooding deep colour… It’s malty and tangy with caramel and bitter chocolate notes and a long, savoury, fermented finish… Wonderful to cook with or serve as a dipping sauce.”
Lee Kum Kee Seasoned Rice Vinegar, £1.50 for 120ml, Tesco
This traditionally made, additive-free ready-rolled puff pastry is as good as it gets. Keep a roll stashed in the freezer at all times.
What the judges said… “It’s hard to know how to fault this. It’s made with very good ingredients, with real skill… The feather-light pastry crumbles and almost melts in the mouth, leaving a rich, buttery taste.”
Dorset Pastry Organic Fine Puff Pastry, £5.50 for 325g, Dorset Pastry.com
Charlotte Roskill hand-makes all her chocolates in a small shop in the market town of Brecon, in Wales. The premises used to be a jewellers and, as she likes to say, it’s still bringing sparkle.
What the judges said… “A stunningly presented chocolate. The flavours are well balanced and give a wonderful aftertaste… The whisky is well judged and doesn’t overpower the chocolate. The ganache is rich and creamy.”
Brecon Chocolates Milk Chocolate Bonbon filled with Whisky Ganache & Maple Pecan Praline, £1.35 each (10g), Brecon Chocolates
Next-level hot sauce
Nottingham-based Sauce Shop products were first made in the kitchen of sauce-fanatic couple Pam and James Digva. This one will send your chicken wings into the stratosphere.
What the judges said… “There’s great depth in the aroma. On the palate are wonderful flavours of chilli, along with a brilliant salt level and acidity… It has a great texture and a lasting flavour.”
Sauce Shop Buffalo Hot Sauce, £2.80 for 160ml, Sainsbury’s
Sardines, the traditional way
Girribizzi is an online Italian deli selling a curated selection of food from small producers. The name translates as ‘little desires’ and you’ll certainly desire these sardines, fished at night by traditional ‘gozzo’ boats.
What the judges said… “Absolute perfection… The flavour is so fresh, rich and clean, and the olive oil makes for a perfect partnership with the fish. The texture could not be better, either. Just so special.”
Giribizzi Sardines in Olive Oil, £5.99 for 100g, Giribizzi
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