Today, thousands of artisan food producers from across the globe have discovered if any of their products have scooped a prestigious Great Taste award, after being blind judged by more than 500 judges.
Recognised as a stamp of excellence and actively sought out by food lovers and retailers alike, Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, values taste above all else.
All products in the line-up for judging are blind-tasted: every product is removed from its packaging so it cannot be identified, before entering a robust, layered judging process.
This year’s line-up saw food and drink products submitted from a staggering 110 different countries from across the world, judged by over 500 judges including critics, chefs, recipe creators, buyers, retailers, journalists, broadcasters, and experts in the field.
Overall, an impressive 5,556 products received either a Great Taste 1-star “food & drink that delivers fantastic flavour”, a Great Taste 2-star “above and beyond delicious”, or a Great Taste 3-star “extraordinarily tasty food & drink” out of a staggering 14,205 entries.
And the North has performed well, winning a whopping 537 awards (22 x 3-star awards, 121 x 2-star awards and 394 x 1-star awards).
These are the winning products from across Greater Manchester.
Only 1.7% of the 14,205 2022 entries received a 3-star award, for “extraordinarily tasty food and drink” – including three in Greater Manchester.
Curious Cat Mad Hatter Gin made by the Curious Cat Distillery, King Street, Manchester
M41 Honey by Manchester Honey Company, Sale
Root2Ginger Spiced by Root2Ginger, Manchester
Only 8.7% of the 14,205 2022 entries received a 2-star award – “above and beyond delicious” – including several in Greater Manchester.
Toasted Cashews Dusted With Cacao, Vanilla & Sea Salt 22g by Excellent Gourmet Trading Ltd – I Love Snacks, based in Wigan
Salted Peanut Butter Ice Cream by Ice Cream Science/The Artisan Ice Cream Co/Rogue Artisan Ice Cream, Manchester
Kimchi by Loving Foods Ltd, Trafford Park
Traditional Melomakarona by Melianthos, Manchester
Vegetarian Spanakopita by Melianthos, Manchester
Root2Ginger Fierce and Root2Ginger Mint by by Root2Ginger, Manchester
Negin Saffron by Sara Saffron, Trafford Park
Sicilian Early Harvest extra virgin olive oil by The Gift of Oil Ltd., Bolton
Pure Pistachio by Grandpa Greenes Luxury Ice Cream Ltd, Diggle
28.7% of the 14,205 2022 entries received a 1-star award, for “food and drink that delivers fantastic flavour” – including these Greater Manchester products.
BrewBraganza Rare Ginger with Spiced Rum by Brew Braganza Limited, Salford
Buzzrocks Jerk Marinade by Buzzrocks Caribbean, Hulme
Passionstar Martini by Cocktails At Home UK LTD, Bolton
Chef Louisa Ellis Yuzu & Sichuan Pepper Gin by Curious Cat Distillery, King Street, Manchester
Curious Cat Dark Spiced Rum by Curious Cat Distillery, King Street, Manchester
Diablesse Clementine Spiced Rum by Diablesse Rum, Manchester
Clotted Cream Ice Cream by Ice Cream Science/The Artisan Ice Cream Co/Rogue Artisan Ice Cream, Manchester
Single-Origin Ecuadorian White Chocolate by Ice Cream Science/The Artisan Ice Cream Co/Rogue Artisan Ice Cream, Manchester
JD Seasonings Chips & Wedges by JD Seasonings, Wigan
JD Seasonings Cajan by JD Seasonings, Wigan
JD Seasonings Doner Kebab by JD Seasonings, Wigan
JD Seasonings Minted Lamb Rub by JD Seasonings, Wigan
Curse These Metal Hands by Lou’s Brews Ltd, Manchester
Matcha & Mint Kombucha by Loving Foods Ltd, Trafford Park
Spanakopitakia Kourou by by Melianthos, Manchester
Natural Brilliant Freeze-dried Pineapple by Natural Brilliant, Manchester
Air Nuts – Chilli by Real Handful, Hazel Grove
Colombia ‘Popayan Reserve’ by Salford Roasters, Salford
Chilli Infused balsamic Vinegar and Lime Infused olive oil by The Gift of Oil Ltd., Bolton
Punk’d Panda and Rhubarb & Blood Orange by Tea Punks, Oldham
Root2Ginger Fiery by Root2Ginger, Manchester
Bird Sauce by The Cole Men, Manchester
Biltong by This is Biltong, Bolton
Wignalls Yallo Cold Pressed Rape Seed Oil by Wignalls Yallo Ltd, Wigan
The highest scoring producers will now go through to the regional finals.
The Golden Fork Ceremony celebrates the best from each region (north west, south east etc), with the winner being awarded a Golden Fork trophy – there are ten up for grabs.
Plus, the ultimate winner of Great Taste 2022 – The Supreme Champion – will be crowned for winning the highest-scoring 3-star product of the year.
All will be announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork Ceremony on Monday 5th September 2022, held at Southwark Cathedral.
The full list of this year’s winners and where to buy them can be found at greattasteawards.co.uk.