Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2019. Out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries, Donald Russell was awarded a total of 13 Great Taste Awards for its Dry Aged Steaks, Free-range Turkey and more.
The full list of this year’s award-winning products reads:
Dry Aged Rib Steak
Dry Aged T-Bone Steak
Dry Aged Fillet Steak
Dry Aged Ribeye Steak
Dry Aged Sirloin Steak
Dry Aged Rump Steak
Lamb Saddle Easy Carve
Mini Artisan Sausage Rolls
Mini Three Bird Roast
Loué Free-range Bronze Turkey
Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers 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.
Tazio Gagliardi, Managing Director, explains: “We’re honoured and delighted to receive no fewer than 13 new Great Taste awards this year. We take great pride in delivering only the very best, and to have our products recognised by a body as renowned as the Guild of Fine Foods gives us a genuine thrill. The fact that we’ve won 13 more of these coveted awards confirms to us that the extra care, time and skill we put into producing our products is worth every moment.
“We’re particularly delighted to add all of our Dry Aged Steaks to our award-winning portfolio. It’s extremely satisfying to see that our skill and experience in selecting, maturing and hand cutting these exceptional steaks has been recognised across the board.
“Christmas, too, is covered for our lucky customers with both our Free-range Turkey and our Mini Three Bird Roast gaining awards.”
Some of the judges’ comments for the Dry Aged Steaks included:
“A stunning piece of steak. Superb marbling of fat with deep savoury beefy note, juicy and sweet with tons of flavour! Mouth filling, melting texture with length on the palate. Truly and deeply satisfying.”
“A deep and unctuous flavour - beefy and full of grass and meadow. Great buttery tender meat and melt in the mouth fat. A corker!”
“A very handsome steak! Juicy and absolutely chock a block with flavour. The sirloin was stunning and the fillet just melted in our mouths and left us wanting the eat the lot. The fat was so buttery and creamy and full of absolute deliciousness.”
“It cuts like butter. The juices are running - it is so succulent.”
Discover more about our award-winning products here: www.donaldrussell.com/award-winners
Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is vinegar, granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.
There were 12,772 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 208 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,326 received a 2-star and 3,409 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion, author, Olia Hercules, chef and food writer, Gill Meller, Kavi Thakar from Dishoom, food writer and stylist, Georgina Hayden and author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Sourced Market and Partridges.