The Argyll Smokery is among the Great Taste winners of 2018

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has just announced the Great Taste stars of 2018.


Fri, 03 Aug 2018


The Argyyll Smokery

Out of over 12,600 products to be judged, The Argyll Smokery, Dunoon triumphed again by being awarded 2 outstanding 3-star Great Taste awards for their Kiln Roasted salmon and Smoked Trout as well as a 2-star Great Taste Award for their bespoke Argyll smoked salmon and no less than 4 x 1-star Great Taste Awards for their Smoked Mussels, Trout Pate, Kiln Roasted Pate and Mackerel Pate.   

Judges described The Argyll Smokery products as ‘extraordinarily tasty’. 

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind-tasting by hundreds of judges.        

Karen Baxter & Allan McDougall owners of The Argyll Smokery explained on receiving the news [We’re shocked, delighted and excited all in one go to find out Argyll Smokery is a multi-Great Taste winner. We strive to make the best products and to be endorsed and recognised by the judges and our customers in this way is an honour.  

There were 12,634 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 192 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,207 received a 2-star and 3,254 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; MasterChef 2018 champion, Kenny Tutt, chef and food writer, Elly Curshen, eco chef and food writer, Tom Hunt, author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, baker Tom Herbert, author and blogger, Izy Hossack, and baker and recipe writer, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges and Sourced Market. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste 2018 Supreme Champion.  

Great Taste 2018 will reach its exciting finale on Sunday 2 September, when the world of fine food gathers at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London to find out the Great Taste Golden Fork trophy winners for each region, with the final applause reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2018. 


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