HOT FAVOURITE: Calverton firm scoops Great Taste Award after wowing judges with spicy chutney

 HOT FAVOURITE:  Calverton firm scoops Great Taste Award after wowing judges with spicy chutney

PICTURED: Matthew Slaughter from Calverton with his range of award-winning chutneys

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A Calverton-based chutney maker has put in a star performance in this year’s Great Taste Awards.

Matthew Slaughter, who runs Matthew’s Preserves, has been handed a 3-star Great Taste award for his hot-favourite Spicy Mango Chutney.

A judging panel made up of the UK’s top cooks and critics said the chutney had ‘a very moreish quality due to the clever blend of spices which unfold as you taste it’.

They called it ‘cleverly crafted’ and said ‘they would seek this product out.”

The chutney also secured a write-up in The Times, which named it amongst the Top 50 foods in the UK.

Matthew said he was delighted to have achieved a second successive win in the prestigious competition.

He said “I entered last year and won a three-star for my Spicy Pineapple Chutney and wondered if my Spicy Mango would also reach the mark. Never did I think that within the first two years of owning my business I would win two three-star awards.

PICTURED: Matthew’s award-winning chutney

“Great Taste is a stamp of excellence which retailers look for. Therefore, for me to get ahead of the game, it was important to have a truly unique selling point. Great Taste will help propel my little home-based business forward.

Judged by 144 of the most discerning palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as food writers and journalists, Great Taste is the most coveted of all food and drink awards.

There were 12,777 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 205 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,294 received a 2-star and 3,818 were awarded a 1-star accolade.

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Great Taste 2020 will reach its exciting finale in late October, when the Golden Fork trophy winners and the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2020 are announced at the virtual Great Taste Golden Fork awards event.

You can purchase one of Matthew’s award-winning chutneys via his website https://matthews-preserves.co.uk/

Matthew also has a stall at Calverton Farmers’ Market on the second and fourth Saturday of the month and at Floralands during the first weekend of October and second and third weekend of November.

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