A Calverton chutney producer is celebrating after earning the highest accolade at this year’s Great Taste awards.
The local producer’s Spicy Pineapple Chutney was judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists.
Matthew Slaughter is managing director at Matthew’s Preserves and started the firm this year.
He said: “I’ve been making chutneys like this for years and giving them out as birthday and Christmas gifts. Never did I believe I would ever sell them, nor win an award for them.
“I started my company this year (2019) to coincide with the awards, so I could enter my Spicy Pineapple Chutney, therefore I am quite simply overwhelmed with the three stars. As a new company, I plan to use my Great Taste three stars to get my products into local, regional and possibly nationwide shops.
“Not only have I received this important accolade, I have received two nominations for Golden Fork Awards, one for my chutney, the other for my business.”
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.