Chefs’ Choice Awards winners unveiled

The winners of the inaugural Chefs’ Choice Awards have been announced. 

Hundreds of products battled it out across 18 categories that ranged from Beef and Poultry to Party & Buffet Foods.

The most decorated product of the night was Booker Group’s Chef’s Larder Chocolate Fudge Brownie, which triumphed in the Products Sold as Free From category and was also named Chefs’ Choice Product of the Year. It was praised by judges for being “tasty, moist and unidentifiable as a gluten-free product”.

Winners for the meat sector included Brakes Tomahawk Steak, Booker Group Chef’s Larder Premium Wild Boar Hot Dogs and Brakes Venison Lasagne,

The Chefs’ Choice Awards were created by William Reed Business Media to showcase the work of foodservice suppliers, from wholesalers through to manufacturers.

Judged by chefs for chefs, the annual awards aim to shine a spotlight on operators that can demonstrate quality, innovation, creativity, value and great taste delivery in their frozen, fresh, chilled or ambient products.

The products were judged at Food Innovation Solutions’ Waterloo development kitchen by a panel that included experienced chefs from a number of different sectors. All the entries were assessed on a range of criteria, including appearance, aroma, flavour, texture, value for money and innovation.

The awards give category winners, entrants achieving a Highly Rated standard and finalists the use of respected endorsement logos on packaging and in all marketing, at no cost.

“You have asked us to produce and run these awards to enhance the sector,” said event director Sonia Young. “These awards will allow businesses in the foodservice supply chain to compete head-to-head in core product categories and secure a competitive advantage via independent assessment of eating quality, value and taste. They also highlight great development work that is delivering value to thousands of customers in pubs and bars, restaurants, hotels, cafés and other hospitality outlets.”

The Chefs’ Choice Awards are set return next year with more categories.

Winners 2017

Bread and Morning Goods
New York Bakery Company Croll

Cheese and Dairy Products
Brakes Ready to Serve Continental Cheese Selection

Booker Group Chef’s Larder Premium Real Mayonnaise

Finished Desserts
Belfield Chocolate Coated Salted Caramel Profiteroles

Brakes Muscovado and Speculoos Cheesecake

Fish and Shellfish
Brakes Cold Smoked Salmon Portions

Booker Group Lichfield Fairtrade Gourmet Espresso Beans

Ice cream and sorbet
Mövenpick Ice Cream Swiss Chocolate Ice Cream

Brakes Tomahawk Steak

Lamb and Pork
Booker Group Chef’s Larder Premium Wild Boar Hot Dogs

Party and Buffet Foods
Booker Group Chef’s Larder Coronation Chicken Filler

Meal Accompaniment
Farm Frites UK & Ireland Farm Frites Ultimate Chips

Poultry Products
Booker Group Chef’s Larder Spicy Chicken Pops

Products sold as free-from
Booker Group Chef’s Larder Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Ready Meals
Brakes Venison Lasagne

Cakes, biscuits and scones
Bidvest Foodservice Premium Spiced Parsnip, Maple and Pecan Cake

Bestway Wholesale Essentially Catering Reduced Salt & Sugar Baked Beans

Vegetarian ready-meals and portions
Bidvest Foodservice Premium Selection Butternut Squash, Aubergine, Feta & Pomegranate Moussaka

Product of the Year
Booker Group Chef’s Larder Chocolate Fudge Brownie

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