Food NI members Mash Direct and Burren Balsamics have taken home big prizes at the Great British Food Awards. Burren Balsamics’ Irish Peat Smoked White Condiment has won Best New Product.
John Gills from Booths Grocers, who sponsored the Awards,said of the Peat Smoked product
“A wonderfully unique tasting condiment, quite unlike anything I have tasted before. White Italian pale balsamic with rich smoky flavours of peat. Not as acidic the average balsamic, this wonderful product could easily compliment many a dish without overpowering. Also wonderful to dip a chunk of sourdough into.”
Created by Susie Hamilton Stubber and Bob McDonald, Burren Balsamics make a range of infused white and black balsamic vinegars and condiments as well as preserves, jamsand seasonings in Richhill. Co. Armagh.
“We are delighted with this award for the Peat Smoked White Condiment. Our thanks must go to the judges and also to Jonathan Buchanan who does the smoking for us” said Susie Hamilton Stubber.
Mash Direct, based in Comber, Co. Down was voted the Best Producer in Northern Ireland and also won the Gluten Free secion for their Beer Battered Chips. They make a wide range of vegetable-based convenience products.
“We are delighted to win the Great British Food Award” said Jack Hamilton from Mash Direct.
“For one of the judges to say that our Beer Battered Chips are the best oven chips they have ever eaten is incredible. In a year of fakeaways, it is humbling to hear that the food experts have named our Chips as the nation’s favourite”.
O’Malley’s Farm Shop in Newry was Highly Commended as were Ewing Seafoods from Belfast.
Judges for the Awards included The Hairy Bikers, Michel Roux JR, chef Jack Stein, Monica Galleti and Booths Supermarket.