Butchers invited to enter Great British Food awards

The Great British Food, Farm and Produce Awards have launched, with meat products categories for pork sausages, ribeye steaks and traditional pork pies.

The awards, run by the Great British Food Magazine (GBF), have asked British butchers to enter their meat products for a chance to win.

The magazine has enlisted a panel of food journalists to blind-test the entries, following a strict criteria:

Ribeye steaks should be sourced from British cows (any breed), ribeye steaks should be aged, with a bright red colour and nice marbled fat throughout. They should be well-butchered and thick cut with full traceability.

Pies should be made in the traditional way, with hot water pastry and British pork. Were looking for simple, classic pork pies here, with as little embellishment as possible. The pastry should be very crisp (no soggy bottom) and well-flavoured, and the filling should be moist and well-seasoned with a good jelly/meat ratio, GBF explained.

More well-known products, sold in large retailers, will also be celebrated in the GBF Farm Hero award, voted for by readers.

Hopefuls can find an entry from at: greatbritishfoodmagazine.com/producerawards. Entries should be in by 13 June 2014.

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