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, James Rizza and Sons Ltd was awarded 3-star Great Taste award, which means the product was described by judges as extraordinarily tasty for its Luxury Gold Double Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream.
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 unmistakable 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.
Philip Morrison, Managing Director comments:
"We are absolutely thrilled that our Luxury Gold Double Dairy Ice Cream has been awarded a Great Taste 3-Star Award. “
"Having celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2014, our family owned business , originating from Belmonte di Castello in Italy, continue to produce award winning quality ice cream and sorbet products handed down over four generations – all stemming from the families direct origins of the Ice Cream pioneers, James and Domenico Rizza."
"Achieving this status is a testament that our family firm have continued the legacy handed down by James Rizza. It is all about 'Taste' and with another 'Double A' grade status for our annual BRC Global Standard For Food Safety inspection earlier this year , the Directors recognise that underpinning the recipe of our achievements is the commitment of our long serving staff and for this we are appreciative and share with them this great accolade."
"It is with pride that I look forward to sharing the success with existing customers and introducing our Great Taste product to new customers."
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. 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 2019 Supreme Champion.
Great Taste 2019 will reach its exciting finale on Sunday 1 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 2019.